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By Barbara Bruns

Over the previous 15 years, Brazil has brought a constant software of reforms of its schooling method, steadily aligning the tutorial attainment of its exertions strength with that of different heart source of revenue international locations and introducing complicated scholar evaluate and tracking structures.

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The SAEB/Prova Brasil test and IDEB rankings have become a high-visibility source of public information on school and system performance. Equally important, they are the measurement anchor for a new wave of policies in Brazil aimed at creating stronger incentives for teachers and schools. Box 1 describes the innovative character of the IDEB tool. Brazil initiated a technically well-designed, sample-based student assessment system (SAEB) in 1995. SAEB administered biannual tests in math and Portuguese to a nationally representative sample of students in the fourth and eighth grades of primary school and the third year of secondary school.

S. Economy, 1959–1999 28 13. Changes in Brazil’s Occupational Structure, 1980–2009 29 14. Evolution of Skills in the Labor Force: United States and Brazil, 1981–2009 30 15. Skills Evolution in the Top Two Quintiles of the Brazilian Labor Force, 1981–2009 31 16. Regional Trends in Educational Attainment, 1993–2009 33 17. Educational Attainment by Region, 2009 33 18. Educational Attainment for Urban and Rural Populations, 2009 34 19. Fourth-Grade Math Performance by Region, 1999–2009 35 20. Educational Attainment of 20-Year-Olds Compared with Their Household Heads, 1993–2009 35 21.

Cover photo: © erproductions/Blend Images/Corbis Achieving World-Class Education in Brazil The Next Agenda Barbara Bruns, David Evans and Javier Luque Contents Foreword ix Acknowledgments xi About the Authors xiii Abbreviations xiv Executive Summary xvii Chapter 1: Brazilian Education 1995–2010: Transformation 1 Education Finance Reform 4 Measuring Results 7 Reducing Schooling Costs for Poor Children 8 Federal Oversight 11 Conclusion 12 Chapter 2: Brazilian Basic Education: Meeting the Challenge?

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