Firstly congratulations to all students on Leaving cert results and to those teachers (yes there are many) who worked hard to help their students.
For old timers like myself I am often somewhat surprised at the number of very high grades achieved in recent years. Some say it is because students and teachers are working harder and I am sure that this is the case often enough but the suggestion that the exam has been 'dumbed down' is often made and deserves to be treated in a manner that will address whether there is some truth in this assertion.
Is it possible to objectively measure whether this is so?
I would not be tempted to take at face value anything from the Department of Education on this and was wondering is there any independent way of investigating this.