School accountability in Brazil: experiences and difficulties

Vol. 28 No. 3 (2008)

Jul-Sep / 2008
Published July 1, 2008
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How to Cite

Andrade, Eduardo de Carvalho. 2008. “School Accountability in Brazil: Experiences and Difficulties”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 28 (3):443-53.

School accountability in Brazil: experiences and difficulties

Eduardo de Carvalho Andrade
Ibmec São Paulo. Rua Quatá, 300. São Paulo
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 28 No. 3 (2008), Jul-Sep / 2008, Pages 443-453


This paper analyses the most important experiences with school accountability policy (SA) in Brazil. The analysis suggests that their impacts on the quality of education are not significant due to the fact that: (i) either it does not incorporate a system in which the school is responsible for the students’ performance; (ii) or the incentive schemes are not appropriately designed. Finally, it discusses the main barriers to the adoption of an efficient SA at the national level in Brazil.

JEL Classification: I21; I28.

Keywords: school accountability education education policy incentive schemes student performance test scores proficiency tests