Is Brazilian Education Improving? A Comparative Foray Using PISA and SAEB Brazil Test Scores
31 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014
Date Written: December 16, 2014
We use a national Brazilian test (SAEB) and an international test (PISA) to measure whether Brazilian students 13-15 years old improved their mathematics and language learning in1995-2012. We control for part of out-of-school influences by comparing test scores for students with similar family academic resources. Our empirical strategy is descriptive and comparative. We find that Brazilian students have made test score gains during this period on the PISA, but much less so on the SAEB. Gains on the PISA test for advantaged Brazilian students are smaller than among disadvantaged students. This is also the case for the SAEB.
Keywords: educational performance, Brazil, PISA, SAEB, achievement gain, test comparison
JEL Classification: I21, I24, I28
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