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Political: December 16, 2012

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Minister of Education, Gideon Sa’ar (Likud), said last week that the achievements of Israeli pupils in an international test in mathematics “reflect a transformation”, even though the ministry knew that a comparison between the results of the latest test and the previous ones is not possible.  At the bottom of pg 422 of the TIMSS 2011 report there is a note stating that “data [are] not comparable for measuring trends to 2011, primarily due to countries improving translations or increasing population coverage.” (Haaretz)

(Hebrew – Haaretz)

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December 16th, 2012 at 9:34 am

Education: 15 April, 2011

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A Ministry of Education report relates that there are large gaps between the achievements of Ethiopian Jewish students and the rest of the students in the Jewish sector, in all areas covered by the standardized tests. The biggest gap was in the eighth-grade mathematics exam, where the average score in the Jewish sector was 50 points, compared to 26 points amongst the Ethiopians. The report also indicates that students of Ethiopian origin report racist comments at a rate triple that of the general rate amongst students.

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April 15th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Education: 9 December, 2010

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An internal report by the Central Statistics Bureau states that 42 percent of teachers teaching mathematics in secondary schools do not have an academic degree in their subject matter. Additionally, 6 percent of high school teachers have no academic education. (Hebrew)

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December 11th, 2010 at 5:45 pm