Ricardo Primi, Universidade São Francisco, Brasil & Lemann Center, Stanford University
How well ENADE assess the quality of Brazilian higher education?
Brazil's government stimulated an expansion of higher education enrollments via credentialing new institutions that offer this study level, mostly from the private sector. In tandem with this expansion, The government created a national system to assess the quality of education provided by these institutions like the National Exam for the Assessment of Student Performance (ENADE). ENADE’s main purpose was to assess institution’s bachelor’s degree courses’ quality via student’s performance. But how well ENADE can validly and reliably evaluate and differentiate the quality of various courses that offer the same bachelor’s degree for a given profession? I will discuss the challenges that assessment system like ENADE faces, present a series of psychometric empirical studies investigating ENADE’s psychometric validity and suggests actions for improvements.