Cochav Yair's 90 percent led the nation in success rate in the bagrut matriculation examinations, according to figures released, Sunday evening, by the Education Ministry. Scoring in the 80-89 percent range were Shoham, Beit Jan, Kiryat Ono, Hod Hasharon, Raanana, Mazkeret Batya, Giv'at Shmuel, Hof Hasharon, Giv'atayim, Ramat Hasharon and Modiin-Maccabim-Re'ut.
Tel Aviv students had a success rate of 73 percent, as did students in the Binyamin region, compared to 76 percent in the Gush Etzion Council region and 72.5 percent in the Samaria (Shomron) Council region.
At the bottom of the list were the predominantly hareidi communities of Beitar Ilit (nine percent) and Bnei Brak (10 percent). Jerusalem qualified its 42.6-percent rate by noting most of the hareidi and Arab sectors do not take the tests. The city said the results were rising and higher than the national average. It said the success rate would rise as more students in the two sectors take the exams.