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Dec 25, 2023

More than 73,000 high school students will take the AVANZO 2023 test in El Salvador

The evaluation will be carried out in digital format. The instruments will be applied on November 15 and 16. The results will be sent on December 11, 2023.

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May 31, 2023

In El Salvador, MINED will carry out two diagnostic tests for students this 2023

The diagnostic tests will be carried out at the beginning and end of the school year respectively, to know the state of the educational practice, since the students return to the face-to-face modality.

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Feb 28, 2023

Educational reform would begin this 2023 in 20% of the schools in El Salvador

The interim Minister of Education did not reveal when the 2023 school year will begin, but he announced that the virtual and blended modalities are here "to stay."

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Feb 6, 2023

El Salvador school year begins on February 6 and will be 100% face-to-face

After three years with restrictions due to covid-19, this 2023 classes will be 100% face-to-face, MINED said yesterday. Private schools start the school year on January 16.

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Feb 2, 2023

El Salvador government's articulation and school advancement efforts

The Government of President Nayib Bukele is advancing in its efforts to comprehensively improve the education system. During the current administration, the largest investment has been allocated to provide teachers and students with tools that help reduce the digital divide.

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Feb 1, 2023

70,000 El Salvadorian high school graduates will take the AVANZO test in 2022

The test took place from November 14 to 17, reported the Ministry of Education. It will be virtual, although the State portfolio will offer physical tests for students with visual disabilities, deprived of liberty and other cases that require it.

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Nov 30, 2021

Public sector high school students are about to start accelerated English classes virtually in El Salvador

The educational authorities assure that they have already signed an agreement with the platform provider Platzi and that they will withdraw “full English” students in 12 months.

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Nov 26, 2021

20,000 students are without reporting to the El Salvador public education system

The official pointed out that they have also identified that 22,000 students who were cared for in private schools migrated this year to the public educational service. The authorities have not yet spoken of school dropouts, as they are confident that the school children will return.

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Nov 17, 2021

More than 77,000 El Salvador high school students will take the Avanzo test

The test includes questions about the English subject, but the grade will only be for diagnosis, it will not be considered in the overall grade

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Nov 12, 2021

El Salvador education will evaluate student achievement in 2020 to see impact of the pandemic

The test will be both virtual and printed, but it does not seek to approve or fail schoolchildren, said the head of that State portfolio.

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Jun 1, 2021

Accelerated Education, a proposal for educational continuity

The Ministry of Education informs the general population that due to the national quarantine in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, announced classes and all educational activities are suspended for 21 days.

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Apr 16, 2021

MINED performs extraordinary ADVANCED test to students of flexible modality and deprived of liberty

The new AVANZO test, replacing the Learning and Aptitudes Test for High School Graduates (PAES), has been administered for nearly six thousand students.

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Apr 16, 2021

MINED suspends the start of face-to-face classes

El Salvador MINED announced that all public schools, private schools, and universities will suspend face-to-face classes in 2021 due to the rise in COVID-19 cases. The start of classes is still scheduled for February.

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El Salvador


La República de El Salvador (Republic of El Salvador) is located on the central American isthmus bordered by Guatemala, Honduras and the North Pacific Ocean. The population is 6,948,073 and the literacy rate is 80.2%. Spanish is the official language of government and instruction, and Nahua is widely spoken.

Spanish conquistadors arrived in present-day El Salvador in the early 16th century. Despite much resistance, the area came under Spanish control in 1528. On September 15, 1821, Central America gained independence from Spain. In 1823, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica formed the United Provinces of Central America, which was loosely based on the United States of America. In 1838, the Union was dissolved and El Salvador became an independent nation.

Throughout the years following independence, El Salvador suffered through revolutions and military coups. During the civil war of 1979-1991, the Universidad Naciónal de El Salvador was closed. Following the Peace Accords in January 1991, El Salvador has remained stable.


Education in El Salvador is free and compulsory from ages 6 - 15 and overseen by the country's Ministerio de Educación.

Primary Education

Educación básica (Basic education) is 9 years and students are awarded a Diploma de Educación Básica upon completion.

Secondary Education

Educación media (Secondary education) is 3 years, and students awarded a bachillerato general or a bachillerato técnico vocacional, depending on their program of study. The bachillerato general prepares students for admission to universities, and the bachillerato técnico vocacional is a specialized program to prepare students for employment or further technical education at the post-secondary level.

The length of upper secondary education was revised in 1991, and implementation took place from 1995-2005. This law affected only the general (academic) bachiller/bachillerato. The technical or vocational baccalaureate remains the same. Specifically:

The Bachiller/Bachillerato General was reduced from 3 years to 2 years of upper secondary education (formerly requiring 12 years of study the bachiller/bachillerato general has been reduced to 11 years of study). Students may attend full-time for two years or part-time/evening classes for three years. Regardless of the number of years of study, the credential awarded is the bachillerato general, i.e., whether students complete 11 years full-time or 12 years part-time the credential earned is the same.

The Bachiller/Bachillerato técnico o vocacional remains a 12 year program requiring 3 years of upper secondary education. Students may attend full-time for three years or part-time/evening classes for four years. Regardless of the number of years of study, the credential awarded is the Bachillerato técnico o vocacional (technical or vocational baccalaureate), i.e., whether students complete 12 years full-time or 13 years part-time the credential earned is the same.

Post-Secondary Education

Graduate programs are 2 years following a licenciatura programs. Students are awarded a maestría after completion of coursework and successful defense of a thesis. Doctoral programs require at least one year of coursework following a maestría. Upon successful completion of coursework and defense of a dissertation, students are awarded a doctorado.

Teacher Training

Primary and secondary school teachers are trained in 3-year programs at universities, technical and other specialized higher education institutions. Upon completion, they are awarded a Título de Professor.



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