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TORRES, Haroldo da Gama; CAMELO, Rafael  and  CASTRO, Maria Helena Guimarães. Difficulties of Coordination and Educational Policies in Brazil: The Case of Elementary Education. Dados [online]. 2019, vol.62, n.4, e20170226.  Epub Nov 14, 2019. ISSN 1678-4588.

The article seeks to investigate the problem of coordination failures within the framework of the Brazilian primary education policy. The authors assume that the migration of students between the municipal and state school systems throughout Elementary School can be considered a proxy for coordination failure within the framework of this policy, with negative consequences in terms of school performance. The empirical analysis presented, based on a longitudinal panel of municipalities for the period of 2007 to 2011, shows that the transfer of students between systems has an impact on the evolution of grades, which between the 5th and 9th grades is 3.6 points lower in Portuguese and 5.3 points lower in Mathematics, according to the scale of the so-called Prova Brasil (test that evaluates Brazilian public education).

Keywords : Implementation of public policies; social policy; education; failure of coordination; Elementary School.

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