Israel ranks 7th in mathematics in international education tests
There was a significant improvement in test scores among all communities in Israel, however a gap remains between Hebrew speakers and Arabic speakers. In the TIMSS exam, Hebrew speakers ranked 6th, while Arabic speakers ranked 21st. In the PIRLS exam, Hebrew speakers were ranked 3rd, while Arabic speakers were ranked 34th.
TIMSS is an international exam in science and math, conducted by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. It has been conducted once every four years since 1995, and Israel has been participating in the exam since 1999. PIRLS is an international exam in reading for fourth graders, also conducted by the IEA. It has been conducted once every five years since 2001, and Israel has been participating in it since its start.
By Talila Nesher