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National Learning Standards

Build the Foundations That Secure Education

2021 was a year of significant advances in implementing the National Learning Standards (BNCC) and valuable achievements for the connectivity of public schools

Graphic composition with photos of teachers employees and children studying, surrounded by colorful graphics.
Graphic composition with photos of teachers employees and children studying, surrounded by colorful graphics.

Coherent educational system: BNCC-aligned assessments

Committed to the coherence of educational policies that secure learning rights, the Lemann Foundation offered technical support in preparing and disseminating the report “National Assessment Reform: Main considerations for Brazil,” from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which gathered recommendations for the future of the National Learning Assessment. The seven suggestions to the right are intended to support the review of educational assessments.

Seven oecd recommendations for national learning assessment reform

  • 1

    Detail the leadership and decision-making processes to manage National Learning Assessment (SAEB) reform

  • 2

    Define and communicate the future national assessment system’s main goals

  • 3

    Align the national assessment to the new National Learning Standards

  • 4

    Reflect on how SAEB can better support accountability of the system and the school

  • 5

    Maximize SAEB’s potential as a training tool to improve teaching and learning

  • 6

    Manage Brazil’s transition to computerized assessments

  • 7

    Distinguish SAEB’s role from the national high school exams’ roles

Decisive steps for connection in schools

The pandemic has exposed how essential internet connection and access are for learning. Therefore, in 2021, we developed initiatives to strengthen and expand connectivity in schools. Efforts to mobilize civil society, the National Congress, and other actors generated relevant laws: Fund for the Universalization of Telecommunications Services (FUST, Law no. 14109/21), with a minimum percentage forecast for education and a deadline to connect all public schools to high-speed internet by 2024; and the Connected Education Innovation Program (PIEC, Law no. 14180/21), which supports schools with internet infrastructure and digital educational resources and plans for technological innovation in pedagogical practices.

The connectivity of public schools as a counterpart in the 5G Notice was another collective effort, resulting from an unprecedented investment of BRL 3.1 billion for project development for connectivity in basic education. Telecomms companies who won the auction were required to help public schools get connected. There are three decisive steps to securing a
high-speed internet connection for all schools.

High-speed broadband in São Paulo schools

How can teachers participate in online training or carry out technology and innovation projects with their classes if schools don’t have internet sufficient enough to watch an online video in the classroom? Solving this issue is the the Mega Escola Program’s objective.

The São Paulo State Department of Education runs the program with the Lemann Foundation’s support. They increased the internet speed in 1,500 state public schools in 2021, and intend to connect the other 5,150 schools in the state district by the end of this year, securing the students’ right to high-speed broadband internet. This internet speed will enable qualified pedagogical use.

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Photo of Renilda Peres de Lima, the São Paulo State Secretary of Education, surrounded by colorful graphics.

Renilda Peres de Lima, São Paulo State Secretary of Education, coordinated the implementation of the Educação Conectada (Connected Education) Program and the National Media Center at the Ministry of Education's Basic Education Department.

We knew that teacher training must be secured so that high-speed broadband would be put to use in the classroom.”