The Ministry of Education will finally eliminate this year the summer make-up exams in Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO). The portfolio led by Pilar Alegría, which thus amends itself, has explained that it does so because it has to comply with the opinion issued by the State School Council on this issue, as sources from the department have explained to EFE.
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This means that the one-year moratorium to which the Minister of Education had agreed after receiving requests from different autonomous communities to maintain said recoveries during this academic year will not be applied. These exams have been taking place for several years in the months of June and July instead of in September.
The Council of State argues to withdraw the moratorium and force that recovery tests are not carried out and this summer that this extension could end up generating different situations according to the autonomous territories. “The special recommendation” of the State School Council is mandatory, the sources explain, and requires the elimination of the fifth transitory provision of the Decree of Evaluation, Promotion and Qualification, which will be approved by the Council of Ministers this coming Tuesday and in which the elimination of these tests is collected.
Education decided to withdraw these exams under the argument that the extraordinary session of June (or July) does not make much sense in the current context: very few students passed these exams just three weeks after having failed the end of the course and In addition, according to ministry sources, Lomloe is committed to continuous evaluation and the teachers’ criteria when establishing whether a student passes a subject or even passes a course, so it would be inconsistent to link this decision to an exam.
The Royal Decree of Evaluation establishes that the decisions on promotion and evaluation of the ESO will be adopted collectively by the teaching team, without it being mandatory to take an extraordinary test or recovery exam of the subjects not passed, which will have to be taken by the students of high school. The evaluation in ESO will be “continuous, formative and inclusive” and when a student’s progress is not adequate, reinforcement measures will be established, according to the text.
One of the main objectives of Lomloe is to reduce Spain’s high repetition rate, which is three times that of the OECD and is around 30%. For this, it is committed to early intervention, reinforcements and not associating repetition with a certain number of failures, in addition to giving a central role in the evaluation to teachers, among other measures, such as limiting the number of times it can be repeated course, which will be one in Primary and two in the entire compulsory stage.
High school students will have to take “an extraordinary test of the subjects not passed in the course on the dates determined by the educational administrations.”