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Israeli 8th Graders’ Math Scores Ahead of All Western Democracies

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar on Tuesday morning presented data from international tests TIMSS (math and science) and PIRLS (literacy) of the The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA).

The tests examine the abilities of eighth graders in science and mathematics as well as the capabilities of fourth graders in literacy.

According to current statistics, in mathematics, Israeli eighth graders have risen from 24th to seventh place in the world. Korea is in first place, followed by Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Russia and Israel. This makes Israeli eighth graders the best in math in the entire western world.

Science tests show Israeli eighth grade students rising from 25th to the 13th in the world. Israeli fourth graders reading tests came up from 31st to 18th in the world.

East Asian countries continue to lead the world in mathematics achievement. At the eighth grade, the Russian Federation, Israel, Finland, the United States, and England also were included in the top ten high-achieving countries. The U.S. states of Massachusetts, Minnesota, and North Carolina and the Canadian province of Québec also had high achievement, but lower than the East Asian countries.

Singapore, Korea, and Hong Kong SAR, followed by Chinese Taipei and Japan, were the top-performing countries at fourth grade literacy.

At the eighth grade, clearly the East Asian countries, particularly Chinese Taipei, Singapore, and Korea, are pulling away from the rest of the world by a considerable margin. Capitalizing on the head start demonstrated by their fourth grade students, these same five East Asian countries had by far the largest percentages of eighth grade students reaching the Advanced International Benchmark. Very impressively, Chinese Taipei, Singapore, and Korea had nearly half of their students (47–49%) reach the Advanced International Benchmark. Hong Kong SAR had about one-third (34%) reach this level, and Japan had over one-fourth (27%).

Next, the Russian Federation and Israel had 14 and 12 percent, respectively. At the High International Benchmark, Japan (61%) trailed the other four Asian high achievers ( 7 1–7 8%) , but the next highest were the Russian Federation and Israel with less than half (40–47%) achieving at the high level. At the Intermediate International Benchmark, the Russian Federation (78%) followed the five top-performers (87–93%), and at the Low International Benchmark Finland and the Russian Federation joined the five East Asian countries (with 95–99%), followed by Slovenia (93%).

Education Minister Sa’ar noted that the improvement in all three areas of learning included all of Israel’s socioeconomic groups. “A sharp improvement has been marked in the ratio of high scoring students. This rate is now higher than the world average in all three disciplines. There has been an absolute improvement of tens of percentage points in students’ achievements, as well as a dramatic improvement relative to teh comparable data.”

Sa’ar noted also that the improvement took place in both the Jewish and the Arab sectors, although the gap is still wide between Hebrew and Arab speaking students.

“This success was not achieved using magic but through hard work,” Sa’ar said.

Netanyahu: Efrat and Gush Etzion ‘will always be part of the State of Israel’

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited an elementary school in the city of Efrat, in the Gush Etzion region of Judea and Samaria, telling students that “Efrat and Gush Etzion are an integral, fundamental and evident part of greater Jerusalem.”

“They are the southern gate of Jerusalem and will always be part of the State of Israel,” he added.

The Prime Minister’s visit marked the opening day of the school year.

With the Prime Minister were Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) and Member of Knesset and Coalition Chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud).

Video: Sa’ar’s Leadership in Education Bringing a New Generation to Jerusalem

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Member of Knesset Gideon Sa’ar was appointed Minister of Education in the Netanyahu administration in March 2009.  Since that time he has built a dynamic program requiring schoolchildren to visit Jerusalem three times spread across their 12 years in the Israeli school system.  The program has more than doubled the annual number of schoolchildren visiting Israel’s capital from 200,000 to 500,000 under Sa’ar’s leadership.  JewishPress.com brings you an exclusive interview with Minister Sa’ar speaking about bringing students to Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

 

Report: Israeli Teachers Protest Hebron Heritage Tours

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Over 250 Israeli teachers have signed a protest letter condemning the Education Ministry’s “Ascending to Hebron” program, which takes Israeli high school pupils on heritage tours to Hebron.

“In February 2011, you announced a new tour program called Ascending to Hebron,” the teachers wrote to Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar. “Introducing the program to schools is a manipulative use of pupils and teachers, who will be forced to become political pawns. Since we’re dedicated to education, our conscience prevents us from becoming agents of such a policy.”

The letter continues: “In your visit to Shiloh you announced their aim openly: ‘It’s good to come to the settlements. Its good that the settlements flourish. One should not allow the Arabs to harbor the illusion that one day there won’t be Jews here. Jews will always live here and any other illusion is an obstacle to peace.’ That is the reason we’re called to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Shiloh. By using the national education system, you wish to strengthen and perpetuate the Jewish settlements in these areas. To this end, the reality in Hebron is presented in a partial and tendentious manner. Concealing the political reality is a political action.”

In response, Sa’ar dismissed the protest as media-fueled, saying: “I didn’t receive any protest letter, their letter was sent to Haaretz to serve their campaign against us.”

He also admonished the teachers for the absurdity of their gripe – that the Jewish state is promoting the Jewish people’s connection to Hebron and endorsing school excursions to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. “One teacher charged me of Zionist indoctrination. You see? Being Zionist is now an accusation.”

“It’s to the discredit of the education system that this hasn’t happened in the last 40 years,” Sa’ar added.

According to a report by Haaretz, around 2,000 secular and 1,000 religious students have visited the the Tomb of the Patriarchs so far.

Germany Grants 10 Million Euros to Yad Vashem

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Germany has signed off on a grant of 10 million euros over the next ten years to the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle signed the agreement while visiting in Israel.

Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar represented Israel at the signing. “On behalf of the government of Israel, I express a deep appreciation to the German government for providing funding for this important purpose,” said Sa’ar. “This decision reflects the importance that the German government attaches to the subject of the Holocaust. The commemoration of the Holocaust is an endless task.”

 

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