National Institute for Educational Studies and Research "Anísio Teixeira"

Today, information, statistics and systematic probing into the reality of education form the basis for a permanent evaluation process. Such procedures conform to one of the major guidelines of the Ministry of Education (MEC), as a major stakeholder and educational policy-maker, responsible for the continuity of educational quality improvements.

Founded in 1937 as a special research agency linked to the Ministry of Education, the National Institute for Educational Studies and Research "Anísio Teixeira"or Inep (Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisas Educacionais Anísio Teixeira) is presently responsible for assessing basic and higher education nationally. It is also accountable for educational statistics that help formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate educational policies in the federal government, as well as in state and local government levels. Inep plays a strategic role in the Federal Government's efforts to raise educational standards in Brazil, in accordance with the more participatory, accountable and competitive environment that Brazilian society now demands.

Basic Education

The School Census; the National Exam of Upper Secondary Education (ENEM); the National Exam for Certification of Competences of Youngsters and Adults (ENCCEJA); the National System of Basic Education Assessment (Saeb); Prova Brasil; Provinha Brasil; the National Assessment of Alphabetization (ANA); and the Exam for the Certification of Proficiency in Portuguese (CELPE-BRAS).

Higher Education

The Higher Education Census; the National System of Higher Education Assessment (SINAES), that includes the National Exam of Student Performance (ENADE) and the in site evaluation of institutions and careers; the Exam for Revalidation of Foreign Medicine Diplomas (REVALIDA).

Besides these programs, Inep is also responsible for international assessments and indicators, like the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Indicators of National Education Systems (INES), the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), all of these coordinated by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development); and the Third Comparative Latin America and Caribe Study (TERCE), conducted by OREALC (the UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribe).

The information on Brazilian education, resulting from such initiatives, performs an important social role. Parents and students, for instance, are able to acknowledge and follow up any improvement achieved by municipalities and individual schools by means of the Index of Development of Basic Education (IDEB).

Overview of the Brazilian Education System (version oct/2016)

All information produced by Inep is available in this site:

Last updated: 2 February 2015