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        12/3/2013, Kislev 30, 5774

      Israel Low but Most Improved in International H.S. Test

      The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published, Tuesday, results of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA ) tests administered to 15-year-olds in mathematics, reading and sciences. The results showed Israel to have improved the most in mathematics among the 65 participating countries since the tests were last given, four years ago, but the Israeli grades were still relatively low, even though the reading and science scores also improved.

      Member of Knesset Shim'on Ohayon (Likud Beytenu), who serves on the Education Committee and a number of education lobbies, including the Lobby for the Status of Teachers in Israel, said the mathematics results will be worse in the coming years, explaining that only 34 percent of the country's mathematics and science teachers have academic degrees in the field. Doctor Ohayon said the Education Ministry has to train teachers and the Treasury has to find ways to compensate them in an appropriate manner.