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São Paulo Government to Reward Entity Capable of Hitting High School Graduation Target

11/24/2017 - 11h31

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FROM SÃO PAULO

The São Paulo government initiated a bidding process to select the organization with the best project to improve education in the state. Remuneration will be contingent on target fulfillment.

This is first time that bidding for so-called "social impact contracts" will be tested in Brazil.

The program, which includes the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Insper Metricis as its partners, will primarily concentrate on raising high school graduation rates.

The plan will be to begin implementing the selected project on an experimental basis from the second semester of 2018 onward.

The project will be implemented in 61 high schools located in vulnerable areas in the São Paulo metropolitan area. Results obtained by students at these schools will be compared to those obtained by students from another 61 schools in the same region that will be monitored strictly for the sake of comparison.

The main target that the bid winner will have to hit is to get participating high schools to obtain a graduation rate that is 7% higher when compared to the graduation rate of the schools being monitored.

The graduation rate at the 122 schools in question is currently at 59.2%, while the average rate on a statewide level is 73.8%.

According to the education secretary in the state of São Paulo, José Roberto Nalini, the government will have the advantage of choosing whether or not to commit to funding based on the results.

If the organization in question fails to achieve its target, it will not receive public funds for its project.

Translated by THOMAS MATHEWSON

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