Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate Exams (RACE)
The scheme of Reasonable Accommodations at the Certificate
Examinations (RACE) facilitates access to the certificate examinations by
candidates who would have difficulty in accessing the examination or
communicating what they know to an examiner because of a physical, visual,
hearing and/or learning difficulty. The scheme assists candidates who have
special educational needs to demonstrate what they know and can do in
certificate examinations, without compromising the integrity of the assessment.
The focus of the scheme is on removing barriers to access, while retaining the
need to assess the same underlying skills and competencies as are assessed for
all other candidates, and to apply the same standards of achievement as apply
to all other candidates.
The scheme provides accommodations for students with a
variety of complex special educational needs including learning difficulties as
well as permanent or temporary physical, visual, hearing, medical, sensory,
emotional, behavioural or other conditions.
In 2017 the SEC made significant changes to the RACE scheme
changing the emphasis on the application process from Leaving Certificate to
Junior Certificate. This means that if accommodations are granted at Junior
Cert level there is a greater certainty that they will be in place for Leaving
Cert following a reactivation process and once the SEC are satisfied that the
need that existed at Junior Cert is still present at Leaving Cert.
We complete the school based assessments required by the SEC
at the end of second year for any identified students that may be entitled to
apply for accommodations during the state exams.
Each year a guide book is published by the SEC for schools