(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The scores of the 2012 Meitzav exams released on Monday showed a decrease in the
achievements of students and a sharp rise in the level of cheating.
than 100 classes were disqualified for copying on the test which also led to
disqualifying the entire Arabic language subject for Arab
Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar addressed the phenomenon and
said: “There will be no compromise made to the integrity of the exam’s results.
Any breach of their truthfulness will be handled in the most severe
The Meitzav achievement exam, which is scored out of 800 points, is
administered to fifth- and eighthgraders at schools around the country every
four years and tests language, math and science skills.
Students in fifth
grade who took the exam in the spring of 2012 showed a decline in achievements
compared to previous Meitzav results. Among fifth-graders, the average math
score declined from 549 points in the last exam to 542 points this
Scores in science and technology also decreased by 4 points. In
language-related subjects such as Hebrew and English, a 10-point increase was
For eighth-graders, the results showed a significant decline in
all subjects. The greatest fall – a 21-point drop – was recorded in
Sa’ar made clear on Monday that the Meitzav national
achievement exams are “an essential tool for evaluation and control of the
Recently the Supreme Court ruled that the Meitzav
results must be made available online for the public to see, a decision that
went against the Education Ministry’s wishes.
Some examination experts
had also argued that the test is unreliable in nature.