The first step has just been taken to take measures to face the new educational situation brought about by the coronavirus. The external level tests in Primary and Secondary carried out at the end of each cycle, which affect third and sixth of Primary and fourth of ESO, are suspended this course. These tests used to be carried out between the end of April and the beginning of May. A measure that does not affect the rest of the tests that may be carried out by the teachers of each center to evaluate the progress of the students’ performance and that will be carried out for now electronically.
This is the conclusion reached by the Sectoral Conference on Education that took place this morning, led by the Minister of Education and Vocational Training Isabel Celaa and with the participation of the Education Counselors from all the autonomous communities by videoconference. Three weeks after the closure of all Spanish schools, it has been decided to dispense with the external evaluation tests established by the LOMCE, whose role was to be redefined by the LOMLOE.
Meeting at the Sectoral Conference on Education to discuss with the Autonomous Communities the measures that guarantee the right to education of all students and allow them to finish the course satisfactorily. pic.twitter.com/gE9tc4mu7Z
– Isabel Celaa (@CelaaIsabel) March 25, 2020
In this way, the same criteria that some regions such as Cantabria or Madrid had already adopted are imposed at the national level. These tests lack academic effects since 2016, and are evaluation tools that cannot be used for “center classifications”.
The exam model will adjust to the exceptional nature of the alarm state so as not to harm the students
A new calendar for Selectivity, after the delay of the entrance exams to the university was agreed last week. The dates set are between June 22 and July 1, with an extraordinary call before September 10. In addition, the Ministry commits to an exam model that adjusts “to the exceptional nature of the state of alarm so as not to harm the students”.
The course will not end in March
The possibility that, for the moment, the ministry has ruled out is that of closing the course in March, three months ahead of schedule, as had been considered in different communities and that would have had serious consequences for thousands of teachers. interim. Nor new course completion dates, a topic that was not on the agenda, and which, if it were, would be done at a later time.
“The educational community will have to make the decision knowing that it will be necessary to take gradual measures to exit the population,” government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said yesterday about a hypothetical closure of the school year: “Being aware that confinement is necessary to overcome the virus, but also knowing that subsequent to confinement, gradual measures will have to be taken, we will be in a better position to decide.”
This Tuesday another small disagreement between administrations broke out, after the Minister of Education of the Community of Madrid, Enrique Ossorio, suggested the possibility of finishing the course in March, during an interview on ‘Onda Cero’. In just a few hours, the counselor backed down and recalled that “at this time the Community of Madrid only contemplates the scenario of resuming face-to-face classes from April 11 when the state of alarm ceases and is possible.” “In no case is the possibility of closing the course in March considered,” he added.
At this time @ComunidadMadrid It only contemplates the scenario of resuming face-to-face classes from April 11 as soon as the state of alarm ceases and is possible. In no case is the possibility of closing the course in March considered.
– Enrique Ossorio (@eossoriocrespo) March 24, 2020
In addition, yesterday the Ministry of Education and the different communities reached an agreement yesterday in the Vocational Training Commission to make practices in the workplace more flexible (FCT), which will be limited to minimum hours (220 hours) and the extension of the school calendar with the aim that FP students can pass the current course and title. The deadline for access to intermediate and higher degree degrees can even reach the first fortnight of July.