Policy Document

Framework law concerning the reorganisation of the cycles of education








Compulsory Schooling

Main implications

The reform foresaw dramatic structural changes in the Italian educational system, dividing compulsory education into two main cycles: the first lasting seven years and the second lasting five years. It extended compulsory education up until 15 years of age, in line with other European countries. Further, it strengthened each school’s autonomy in the organisation of teaching. In practice, the structural changes have never been implemented, and the law was repealed only three years later by the new government (for details, please see the 2003 reform).

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries


Age range

6 - 15

Duration (numbers of years of compulsory education stipulated by this document)


ISCED levels included in compulsory education

1, 2, 3

Dedication (number of hours per week stipulated by this document)

Not mentioned

Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?


Education and training required for a compulsory school teacher stipulated by this document

ISCED 1: teachers must have at least a secondary school diploma in pedagogy (or related fields) ISCED 2-3: teachers must have at least a university degree in a field related to the subjects they teach. Since 1998, teachers must also attend a “School of Specialization in Secondary School Teaching” (SSIS) with limited enrolment

Is the compulsory education of children of undocumented migrants granted by this document?


Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

Law no. 30 (10th Feb. 2000):

Original full text source in native language

Legge no. 30 (10 Febbraio 2000)

Original full text web source in native language


Secondary Literature & Sources

Secondary literature

Italian National Institute of Statistics. "L’Italia in 150 anni. Sommario di statistiche storiche 1861-2010". ISTAT, Rom, 2011. Available at: http://www3.istat.it/dati/catalogo/20120118_00

Links to databases and sources for the analysis or evaluation of this policy field



Giulia Ferrari
Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy

Data collected in the framework of the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Framework law concerning the reorganisation of the cycles of education" (Information provided by Giulia Ferrari). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].