There are no longer A, B or C grades in English, with students instead receiving one of six "grade descriptors", such as a Distinction, Merit, or an Achieved. With the exception of Mathematics, which saw an increase of 2.4 per cent in the number of As awarded at higher level to 14.1 per cent, most other subjects recorded a fall in the number of top marks awarded.
In a message to students, the ASTI President said: "Regardless of individual grades, today you have in your hand your first State Exam Certificate".
The number of students getting top marks in their Junior Cert has fallen by almost half. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations.
Most of these, 1,006, sat the Junior Cert. Family members, in particular parents, are the single strongest influence on young people's attitudes towards alcohol. Parents should be empowered by this and get involved in their child's plans for results night celebrations. "Now is the time to have that all-important conversation about alcohol".
They're being handed out in schools around the country this morning before becoming available online in the afternoon.
The Junior Cert exams ended on June 21.