How inequality affects Brazilian education levels

Brazil performs badly on Pisa tests, showing stagnation and signs of increased imbalance between geographical and socioeconomic groups
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The OECD’s Pisa test (Program for International Student Assessment) is considered by many experts as one of the most comprehensive assessments of education levels in the world. The exam, carried out every three years, charts students on reading skills, mathematics, and science, measuring how well countries are preparing their students for the future.

Brazil, once again, found itself in the bottom half of the 77 countries tested, despite recording its best score to date for reading skills. The country reached a mean performance of 413 in reading, 384 in mathematics, and 404 in science—coming below the OECD average in all...

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