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Avaliação Psicológica

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LAROS, Jacob Arie  and  MARCIANO, João Luiz. Educational indices associated with proficiency in portuguese: a multilevel regression study. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2008, vol.7, n.3, pp. 371-389. ISSN 1677-0471.

The identification of variables that affect proficiency in Portuguese Language is essential for the elaboration of interventions that seek to improve student achievement in Brazil. To achieve this goal, we analyzed the data of 33,962 third grade students of 1,661 secondary schools who took the Portuguese Language test of the National Basic Education System of Evaluation of Basic Education (SAEB) in 2001 using multilevel analysis. The results of this study showed that, after controlling the effect of variables related to the composition and selectivity of the schools, the intraclass correlation varied among the Brazilian regions between 0.10 for the South and 0.13 for the North. These figures indicate that even after the insertion of the control variables, school factors can explain between 10% and 13% of the total variability in Portuguese performance. Three variables on school level and ten variables on student level were identified as affecting proficiency in Portuguese Language.

Keywords : Educational evaluation; Proficiency test; SAEB; Regression analysis.

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