IVN is happy to report that, according to preliminary evidence, there is some measurable improvement in student achievements in municipal-wide tests in both Sderot and Tuba-Zangaria.
Sderot - After receiving base-line results regarding student achievements in Math, Hebrew Literacy, Science, and English Language from last year, the municipal team (including the new Head of the Education Department, Miriam Sassi) focused its efforts and resources on raising the level of achievements across all grade levels. Municipal and school principal's teams worked together throughout the year. Additional instruction was given to teachers in order to improve their teaching skills.
Results of the municipal tests that were administered at the end of this scholastic year showed some improvement in average scores in Hebrew Literacy and English Language scores in primary schools. For most age levels, the higher averages were a result of a decrease in the number of the weakest students (i.e., students who had received a score of 0-60 on the previous test). Math tests could not be administered at the end of the year as planned, since schools were forced to close as a result of the security situation. Science scores remained at their already-high level. The results of the municipal tests were presented to the municipal education steering committee and will serve as a basis for decision-making with regard to allocation of resources and determination of objectives for the coming year.
Tuba-Zangaria - The municipality utilized the information gained from last year's base-line achievement scores to determine the areas that were in most need of improvement. Additional resources were dedicated to strengthening the weakest students. Results of the end-of-the-year tests showed some measurable improvements in Arabic and Math and higher overall averages for most age levels. Not less important, a foundation was laid for the establishment of a Yemama (Information, Evaluation and Measurement Unit) which will help with the ongoing monitoring of students' results and promote data-based decision-making.