Both Sinn Féin and the Labour Party have said that a solution to assessment for this year's Leaving Certificate cannot include school profiling.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire called on the Government to make a commitment that historical school data will not be used in the standardisation process for Leaving Cert 2022.

Mr Ó Laoghaire said any use of such data could limit the potential of high-achieving students in schools where results have previously been weaker.

He pointed out that more often than not these were DEIS schools or schools in areas with high levels of disadvantage.

Labour Party education spokesperson Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has also spoken out against the use of school profiling. Mr Ó Ríordáin said it would undermine the opportunity of students from poorer backgrounds.

Both TDs were responding to a story in today’s Irish Times which stated that senior Department of Education officials had briefed the Taoiseach on the possibility of schools’ historical data being used in developing a model of accredited grades for this year.

The provision of accredited grades for this year’s students is more complicated compared to previous years, because as many as 25% of students never sat Junior Certificate exams.

These are students who did not do a Transition Year, moving instead directly from Third Year to Fifth Year, either by choice or because their school does not offer a TY programme.

In the past two years, aggregate data from that same group of students' Junior Certificate exams was used to standardise Leaving Cert accredited grades across the country.

"Two years ago, the minister correctly acknowledged that use of this data was an elitist approach that would mean students in disadvantaged schools could lose out," Mr Ó Laoghaire said.

He said he believed there were viable alternatives.

"The Government needs to ensure that no student is adversely penalised because they come from a poorer background," Mr Ó Ríordáin added.

Amid strong pressure from Leaving Certificate students and their families for a solution that takes into account the disruption they have faced over the past two years, a final decision on the precise format of this year’s assessment process is expected shortly.