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Achieving World-Class Education in Brazil : The Next Agenda

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  • Barbara Bruns
  • David Evans
  • Javier Luque

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Education is improving in Brazil. The average years of education has almost doubled over the last 20 years, as has the proportion of adults who have completed secondary school. Brazil's high school students have improved consistently in math and language performance over the last decade. These gains stem from the federal government's priority attention to education through both reforms and resources over the past 15 years. The progress laid out in this book is impressive and praiseworthy, but Brazil still trails its competitors in several of the ways that matter most. Student learning, while improving, still lags far behind wealthier nations. Many secondary schools lose the majority of their students well before graduation. Teachers are drawn from among the lowest achievers and have few performance incentives, and it shows in how class time is used. This important book explores not only the basis for Brazil's progress, but also what it must do to bridge the remaining quality gap to a first-rate education for its children. It provides detailed recommendations for strengthening the performance of teachers, supporting children's early development, and reforming secondary education. In Brazil's highly decentralized basic education system, each level of government has an integral role to play.

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This book is provided by The World Bank in its series World Bank Publications with number 2383 and published in 2012.

ISBN: 978-0-8213-8854-9
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Keywords: Education - Education For All Tertiary Education Education - Access & Equity in Basic Education Teaching and Learning Education - Primary Education;

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  1. Barbara Bruns & Deon Filmer & Harry Anthony Patrinos, 2011. "Making Schools Work : New Evidence on Accountability Reforms," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 2270.
  2. Alejandro Ganimian & Mariana Alfonso & Ana Santiago, 2013. "Calling Their Bluff: Expressed and Revealed Preferences of Top College Graduates Entering Teaching in Argentina," IDB Publications 82302, Inter-American Development Bank.
  3. Paula Armstrong, 2014. "Teacher incentives in South Africa: a theoretical investigation of the possibilities," Working Papers 07/2014, Stellenbosch University, Department of Economics.

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