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.
Detail the leadership and decision-making processes to manage National Learning Assessment (SAEB) reform
Define and communicate the future national assessment system’s main goals
Align the national assessment to the new National Learning Standards
Reflect on how SAEB can better support accountability of the system and the school
Maximize SAEB’s potential as a training tool to improve teaching and learning
Manage Brazil’s transition to computerized assessments
Distinguish SAEB’s role from the national high school exams’ roles
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.
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.