Highschool students tackle int'l PISA exam Sunday

Amid threats of a strike from the teacher's union, the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test for Israeli high school students will be administered Sunday morning. Teachers threatened to strike because they are asked to prepare the students for the test, but do not receive overtime compensation for it. Some 5,000 10th graders throughout the country will take the international exam, which is supposed to rank the level of education in the 60 countries where the test is being taken. Israel placed in the bottom third of all participating countries during the last PISA exam.