Sunday, September 14, 2014

21 YBA schools ranked among the top 208 in Israel

The Ministry of Education released last week its list of top ranking high schools in Israel. This is the second time that the ministry has used a more well-rounded ranking system, rather than basing school ranking solely the percent of students matriculating for admittance to institutions of higher education.
YBA Dirrctor General,
Rabbi Beni Nachtailer

According to the ministry's new ranking system, 21 of the the top 208 high schools (10%) belong to the Yeshivot Bnei Akiva educational network -- more than any other educational network in Israel.

Rabbi Beni Nachtailer, Director General of YBA, said in response to the publication of the new ranking, "This is a certificate of honor for our faculty members, who work day-in and day-out to make our schools the best possible. We are proud to be the industry leaders in value-laden education."

The ranking system measures over a thousand high schools in Israel according to a variety of parameters to determine which schools are the leading "value-laden" schools in the country.
These include:

  • individual instruction plans according to each student's abilities and disabilities
  • consistency of ongoing faculty involvement in the implementation of instruction plans
  • level of faculty in-service training for ongoing professional advancement
  • inclusion of special needs students in school framework and extent of mainstreaming
  • faculty interventions to reduce student drop-out rate
  • percentage of graduates serving in IDF and National Service
  • involvement of students in voluntary community service projects (Tikun Olam)
  • percentage of graduates achieving full matriculation certificates and average scores
  • level of studies offered in Humanities, Mathmetics and the exact Sciences
  • maintaining a matriculation examination process free of irregularities
  • rate of improvement in all parameters over previous year's scores
The teaching faculty of the top 208 schools were rewarded with salary bonuses raging from $860 to $2,300 based on their school's relative position on the list. 

Critics of the new ranking system claim that the relative weighting of the various measures favor schools in the religious Zionist sector and that the faculty bonus money would better be spent in investing in the schools at the bottom of the national ranking list.

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