Lies, Damned Lies and Test Scores

These results of the nationwide school achievement test is no cause for great pride. Given the current state of our education system, the minister of education shouldn't be intoxicated by his own achievements.

The average score earned by Israeli eighth graders on the Meitzav, a nationwide achievement test, was 48 (on a scale of 0 to 100 ). It's worth pausing a moment over this datum, letting it roll around on the margins of our consciousness before it sinks in, so as to emphasize the gap between the satisfaction broadcast by Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar and the objective reality.