Escolas em Foco: The assessment of the impact of an 'evidence-based public policies' program of the municipal education network of Rio de Janeiro

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The paper assesses the impact of a data use program on student’s educational achievement in language and math in public schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The idea behind this kind of program is based on the perspective that interventions aimed to encourage the use of educational data for planning and pedagogical activities would result in changes in the attitudes, knowledge, and practices of school agents and, therefore, would contribute student achievement and the reduction of inequalities. The impact of the program was examined using a differences-in-differences statistical models (DiD). The first analysis strategy did not have any pre-processing mechanism, and for the second strategy, to reduce bias selection and increase the power of causal inference, the matching method was adjusted before DiD model. Although descriptive statistics suggests constant increase in student academic performance both in mathematics and language and school retention rates of both groups over four years of analysis, the results suggest both strategies are substantively weak and not statistically significant.

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Andrade, F. M. de, Ceneviva, R., & Koslinski, M. C. (2022). Escolas em Foco: The assessment of the impact of an ’evidence-based public policies’ program of the municipal education network of Rio de Janeiro. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 30, (110). https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.30.7096
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Felipe Macedo de Andrade, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Professor at the Laboratory School at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD in education from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and researcher at the LaPOpE/UFRJ. His main research interests are the sociology of education, accountability policies, and large-scale assessment.

Ricardo Ceneviva, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

Assistant professor at the Department of Political Science in the Institute of Social and Political Studies (IESP) of the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Associate research fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Studies in CEBRAP (Sao Paulo, Brazil). His research focuses mainly on the political economy of development in comparative perspective. His recent work uses the subnational variation of municipal governments in Brazil as a basic tool for enhancing inferential leverage in empirical tests, mainly in areas of education policy, crime and policing and government accountability.

Mariane C. Koslinski, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Associate professor at the Faculty of Education and the Graduate Program in Education at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. PhD in Sociology from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/UFRJ (2007) and Post-Doctorate at the Urban and Regional Planning Research Institute (2008–2009). Coordinator of the LaPOpE/UFRJ. Her main research interests are in the areas of the sociology of education (educational assessment), analysis of educational policies, inequalities in educational opportunities, and socio-spatial segregation and educational inequalities.