Figures from the State Examinations Commission show that 1,920 secondary school students sat State exams in Laois last June.
The number of students who achieved As in Higher-level Irish dropped from 3,500 to around 3,300, but the number of As in higher-level maths rose from 11.7% to 14.1%. Fifty-four received 11 As and 240 got 10.
The number of students getting top marks in their Junior Cert has fallen by almost half.
Under the new system which only applies to English students results will receive a Distinction, or a Merit, or an Achieved mark instead of the traditional A, B, C, system. As students head out this evening to celebrate Junior Certificate results, parents are being reminded to talk to their children about about appropriate celebrations. The Behaviour and Attitudes research, conducted with 503 parents of children between the ages of 11 and 15 from across Ireland, revealed that only three out of five parents are confident about talking to their children about alcohol, a decrease on a previous survey from 2015.
It's Junior Cert results day and event managers will be clamping down on underage drinking..
"I think young people are more aware of their diet in general and they know what's in food and drink, whether it's fizzy drinks or alcohol, they're more aware than I was growing up".
Results will be eagerly awaited on Wednesday morning, September 12 at schools in Portlaoise, Portarlington, Mountmellick, Ballinakill, Mountrath, Clonaslee, Rathdowney and Knockbeg.
"While these exams are undoubtedly important, they are not the be all and end all".