Secondary education in Argentina is decentralized with the provinces. The different provinces can structure their primary-secondary education system as 7+5 (pre-1996 Reform) or 6+6 (according to the 1996 Reform). In fact, the reform was not implemented nationwide. Some provinces are still using the 7+5 system.
Student assessment in secondary schools is also determined by provincial regulatory acts. Provinces can set different grades and their interpretations for them. In general, the minimum passing grade at the secondary level is 6 or 7 depending on the province. However, private schools have the ability to lower the minimum passing grade to as low as 4.
The national Ministry of Education provides the following national definition of word descriptors for secondary school grades:
- 10 excelente or sobresaliente
- 8-9 muy bueno
- 7 bueno
- 6 bueno (if passing)
Bueno is the minimum passing grade for a subject. It also corresponds to minimum overall graduation average.
At the provincial level, the Province of Buenos Aires requires 7 as the minimum pass for each subject, although internal trimester grades may occasionally be as low as 4.