The Education Ministry published Tuesday afternoon the results of its national 'Meitzav' test, revealing poor results compared to last year's test. The Meitzav (an acronym for "school growth and efficiency index") covers the core-subjects of mathematics, English and science. The results of the annual standardized test, taken by Israeli students in the 2nd, 5th and 8th grades, showed that while there was slight improvement in younger children's scores, the 8th graders' average scores were low compared to last year's results, most markedly in mathematics and English, scoring 44.1 and 54.8 respectively. Sources in the Education Ministry have linked the poor results to the long strike which took place during last school year. Haviv Rettig Gur added to this report.