One Giant Leap for Israeli Pupils, One Small Step for the Education Ministry

International test administrator warns that the education minister's triumphalism following a great leap in test scores may be premature.

At a festive press conference last week, the Education Ministry expressed great pride in Israel's greatly improved ranking on the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), in which Israel leaped 17 places in math and 12 places in science. On the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), Israel jumped 13 places.