Brazil among worst in world in education evaluation

According to the OECD-produced Pisa report on education released on 6 December 2016, the performance of Brazilian students has stagnated, putting Brazil at 65th out of 70 countries and territories evaluated (Folha de S. Paulo, Istoé). This triennial report focuses on the ability of fifteen and sixteen-year-old students in mathematics, reading, and science. Brazil saw improvements in student performance across all categories from 2000 to 2009. Between 2009 and 2015, the average Brazilian student’s Pisa mathematics score fell from 391 to 377 points, whereas the average for OECD countries is 490. More than 70 percent of Brazilian students failed to reach a Level of 2 (on a scale of 1 to 6), the level which the OECD considers adequate. The country saw similar trends for reading and sciences, which both saw smaller declines from 2009 to 2015 and over half of students not reaching Level 2 in those areas. Education Executive Secretary Maria Helena Guimarães called the results worrisome, while Movimento Todos Pela Educação President Priscila Cruz noted that without tackling problems surrounding teacher pay, Brazil will not improve its education.