Without standards, there can be no improvement.
At EAR, our commitment to developing “lifelong learners with an international perspective” begins with the standards we use to structure teaching and learning at our school. We seek to provide our students and families with the highest quality of education that prepares our students for the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. This requires using rigorous and internationally accepted standards.
American Education Reaches Out (AERO)
AERO is a project supported by the U.S. State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools (A/OPR/OS) and the Overseas Schools Advisory Council to assist schools in developing and implementing standards-based curricula. EAR uses the AERO Common Core Standards to provide a framework for curriculum consistency across grades K-12 and continuity of curriculum practices with other international and American overseas schools.
At EAR, the AERO standards ensure our teaching and learning practices align with research-based trends in the development of curriculum worldwide, particularly with the Common Core initiative in the United States.
The Brazilian National Common Curricular Base (BNCC)
The Brazilian Common National Curriculum Base (BNCC) was the subject of the most important debates on education in Brazil. The BNCC document for Basic Education is approved by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC) and aims to create a Common National Curriculum Base to guarantee students the right to learn a fundamental set of common knowledge and skills – from north to south, in public and private, urban and rural schools across the country. In this way, it is expected to reduce the educational inequalities existing in Brazil, leveling and, most importantly, raising the quality of education.
The Base also aims to train students with skills and knowledge considered essential for the 21st century, encouraging the modernization of resources and pedagogical practices and promoting the updating of teaching staff in educational institutions.
To ensure the learning rights of students in Basic Education, the Common National Curricular Base was structured in competencies. Competence is the use of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to address issues of everyday life, the world of work, and exercise citizenship. In other words, it is through these competencies that students develop the skills and essential learning principles established by the Base.
The BNCC is divided between the Common Base and the diversified part. The purpose of the second part is to enrich and complement the Common part. The idea is to add new content to the curricula that are in accordance with the competencies established by the BNCC and also with the local reality of each school.
It is important to remember that the Common Base must be covered, in its entirety, in school curricula, while the diversified part can correspond to up to 40% of the contents.