Policy Document

Organic Law of Education (2/2006)








Compulsory Schooling

Main implications

This law did not modify compulsory education. Its main objective was to review, revoke, and update existing regulations on education. It was based on three main principles: to ensure quality and equity in education; to promote the effort not only among students but among all members of the educational community, considering the diversity of students and needs of education and addressing specific educational support when needed; and to promote life-long learning through more flexible access and/or return to formal education and vocational training. Articles 15.1 and 2. assign to the Public Administration the obligation of promoting and creating sufficient places for the first and second cycle of infant education and to coordinate their actions and cooperate with others to ensure the provision of education.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

The population of all ages (Chapter IX includes Education for Adults).

Age range

6 - 16

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


ISCED levels included in compulsory education

ISCED 1 and 2

Is educational tracking implemented or modified by this document?


Read the Law

Original full text source in native language

Boletín Oficial del Estado, num 106, pages 17158-17207, Disposiciones Generales, Jefatura del Estado, Referencia BOE-A-2006-7899

Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

This law revoked previous reforms on education, especially the Organic Law on Quality in Education (LOCE, 23 December, 10/2002) which was never completely implemented.


Pau Miret-Gamundi, Rocío Treviño & Pilar Zueras
Centre for Demographic Studies (CED), Barcelona

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

Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Organic Law of Education (2/2006)" (Information provided by Pau Miret-Gamundi, Rocío Treviño & Pilar Zueras). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].