February 20, 2024

The Government maintains the introduction of the new Selectividad for June 2024, and this has been communicated to the rectors this Wednesday. The Ministries of Education and the Ministry of Universities assure that there is no alternative, since the calendar of the organic law of education, the Lomloe, establishes it as such. The new University Access Assessment (EVAU) must enter into force at the end of the first course in which the Lomloe begins to be applied in the second year of Baccalaureate. That is, when I finish the course that will start in September.

At the same time, however, the Government considers that it should be the new Executive that comes out of the general elections on July 23 that approves the decree that will regulate the new EVAU. For this reason, the processing will continue in what remains (it is expected that the draft will now be analyzed by the Council of State), but once it is concluded it will be paralyzed and will not be approved before the elections.

The decision maintains the planned horizon, but spares the ministries of Education and University the controversy and the possible wear and tear that approving the new Selectividad decree would imply just before the elections. As an example of these risks, a few weeks ago, the rectors already asked to delay the approval of the standard.

The change to the EVAU is intended to make the Selectividad coherent with the new Baccalaureate curriculum, more based on competencies, approved after the entry into force of the Lomloe. As seen in the pilot tests carried out by the Government, the new exams are more based on examples from the real world, they have questions that are interrelated and in which the students must reflect more, which is why the time of each test increases, in principle, from 90 to 105 minutes.

The objective of the Ministry of Education continues to be that both the general decree of the new EVAU and the order that specifies the 2024 test and the exercise models are known at the beginning of the next academic year so that students and teachers have time to get to know it well.

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In the case of other initiatives of the Government that were being processed, such as, in the educational field, the project of law of Artistic Education, the call for elections and the dissolution of Congress, it has meant that they have declined. So if the new Executive that is formed after the elections of 23-J wants to go ahead with them, it will have to start from scratch its elaboration. This is not the case with the processing of other regulations, such as the royal decree of the new EVAU, which will be at the point it was at after the elections. This would allow the Government, whatever the sign, to approve it in July or August.

Approving it before the elections, in addition to being able to imply a certain wear and tear, would not be an obstacle for the PP to take out a different one if it comes to power with the support of Vox. The Popular Party has defended in recent months a change in the Selectivity to implement a single test throughout Spain. A model that the popular did not put into practice when they governed, and that raises legal and educational questions, since the Bachillerato curricula are different in the 17 autonomous communities.

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