Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Global Search for Education: What Israel Did

[From HuffPostEducation. By CM Rubin.]

Israel is among the group of countries that made the largest improvement in all subject matters in the PISA test since the year 2000.
The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), a triennial international survey, aims to evaluate education systems worldwide by testing the skills and knowledge of 15-year-old students. To date, students representing more than 70 economies have participated in the assessment.
Since PISA 2006, Israel's performance in PISA has improved by an average of 4.2 points per year in mathematics and 2.8 points per year in science. And since 2000, the country's score in reading has improved by an average of 3.7 points per year. Average performance in mathematics improved from 442 points in PISA 2006 to 466 points in PISA 2012, and reading performance improved from 452 points in 2000 to 486 points in 2012.
What were the strategies Israel used to steadily improve their student's PISA results and how are they hoping to build on this success moving forward?

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