Disputes around assessments in early childhood education in Brazil

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Abstract

The debate around standardized assessments became a global agenda imposed by multilateral organizations. These tests, in the neoliberal context, impose an impoverishment of the curriculum and also strong control over the teaching work. On the other hand, it also causes resistance from social movements. This paper addresses this process of disputes for hegemony in the context of early childhood education in Brazil within the last few years. This research analyses the protagonism of the Inter-Forum Movement of Early Childhood Education in Brazil (MIEIB) in the context of the Workers’ Party administrations (Lula and Dilma). During this period, the movement had an amicable relationship with the federal administrations, which opened discussions about different ways to evaluate educational quality, based on the discourse of the right to education. Currently, this democratic dialogue no longer exists and the relations between the movement and the federal administration has become antagonistic, as the Bolsonaro administration wishes extend tests to early childhood education.

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Rodrigues, C. M. L., Almeida, K. W. C. de, & Simões, P. M. U. (2022). Disputes around assessments in early childhood education in Brazil. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (134). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.6456
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Testing Opt-out Movements
Author Biographies

Cibele Maria Lima Rodrigues, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation (FUNDAJ) – Ministry of Education

Sociologist. Doctorate in sociology. Professor in Pos-graduate Program in Education, Cultures and Identity (UFRPE/FUNDAJ). Lead of Research Group GPED. Co-coordinator of Work-Group CLACSO – Educational Policy and Right to Education.

Karla Wanessa Carvalho de Almeida, Federal University of Pernambuco

Doctoral student in contemporary education (UFPE/CAA; Master’s in education, cultures and identity (UFRPE/FUNDAJ). Member of the Inter-Forum Movement of Early Childhood Education in Brazil (MIEIB) and the Forum in Defense of Early Childhood Education in Pernambuco (FEIPE). Member of Research Groups: GPIEDUC; LAPPUC. Member of Work-Group CLACSO – Educational Policy and Right to Education.

Patricia Maria Uchôa Simões, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation (FUNDAJ) – Ministry of Education

Psychologist. Doctorate in psychology. Professor in Pos-graduate Program in Education, Cultures and Identity (UFRPE/FUNDAJ). Member of the Inter-Forum Movement of Early Childhood Education in Brazil (MIEIB) and the Forum in Defense of Early Childhood Education in Pernambuco (FEIPE). Leader of Research Group: GPIEDUC. Member of Work-Group CLACSO – Educational Policy and Right to Education.