The Mohill Community College principal acknowledged the new marking system had caused some confusion with some students finding it hard to read their results.
The number of students sitting the Higher Level Irish paper has risen by 10%, the number sitting higher level Maths is up by 8% while there has been an increase of 6% in higher level English.
Students from secondary schools in Nenagh were this Wednesday busy collecting their Leaving Certificate results, with one school saying the feedback, so far, was positive.
The changes have already resulted in more students opting to take subjects at higher level, given the risk of "failing" is reduced.
"For students who may not have done as well as they might have hoped, take time to consider all the options which are available and can lead you to your chosen career".
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The number of students achieving Grade ones - previously straight A1s under the old system - has increased significantly from seven last year to 13 students this year scoring eight grade ones. "This is particularly valuable given the change in the points system this year".
It allows pupils to secure points for college applications if they achieve between 30 and 39% in higher level papers.
Looking forward to next Monday's first round of CAO offers Ms Duffy urged students to look very carefully at their offer and to be aware there was a second round.
"We need much more innovation and diversity in the modes of assessment to encourage better student learning", said Prof Nolan at the launch of the National Parents' Council Post-Primary (NPCpp) Exam 2017 Helpline.