Resources for education and results achieved in the Ideb of a Brazilian capital city

Abstract This article analyzes the relationship between education investments and indicators that monitor the development of education quality, particularly the Index of Development of Basic Education (IDEB). The research carried out a quantitative and bibliographical and documentary investigation. Public statistical sources were consulted, provided by agencies such as the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) and the National Institute of Educational Studies and Research “Anísio Teixeira” (INEP). The data obtained allowed toidentify the performance of the schools in IDEB, correlating the IDEB score with the volume of resources destined for each school through the Programa Dinheiro Direto na Escola (program that offers grants directly to the institution) (PDDE) on a supplementary basis. Statistical tools of Pearson’s Linear Correlation and Scatter Diagram were used. The results show a low relationship between the schools’ budget and the result in IDEB, with situations where the institutions had received a comparatively high amount in grants but obtained a low score in IDEB, and schools that, even without receiving substantial grants, reached and sometimes surpassed the goals previously established for their score in IDEB. This shows that the correct application of available resources is crucial in school management.