Education Ministry unveils plan to combat cheating on matriculation exams

The Education Ministry released data on Monday outlining the matriculation achievements of high school graduates for the 2012/13 school year.
The ministry categorized the achievements based on a scale or low, medium and high and rated student achievements in municipalities throughout the country.
Cities such as Even Yehuda, Kochav Yair, Givatayim, and Givat Shmuel all recorded above 85% eligibility among students for matriculation certificates for 12th graders.  Tel Aviv recorded 76.04% eligibility placing it in the "high" category, while Jerusalem recorded 44.16% eligibility placing it in the "poor" category.
The ministry stressed that despite the categorization, the school year was characterized by a general rise in eligibility rates for the matriculation certificates among all students, whether in low, medium, or high categories.
On Sunday the Education Ministry released details of a new pilot plan for maintaining the integrity of the matriculation exams.
According to the new program, which will gradually be implemented beginning with the winter 2014/15 matriculation exams, the ministry will divide high schools in Israel into three categories based on the percentage of disqualified booklets from previous exams.
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