Haredi Education Flunks Out: Israeli Haredi Students Do Poorly On Scholastic Achievement Test
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
The Meitzav exam is given to elementary and junior high students to measure children's proficiency in the country’s core curriculum subjects – math, English, science, and language skills.
Last year’s test results obtained by TheMarker and Madlan real estate and reportedly show that haredi students in Israel’s haredi elementary schools did worse in scholastic achievement tests than their peers at state secular and state Zionist Orthodox schools, Ha'aretz reported.
But even though all schools are mandated by law to give the test, only 20% of haredi schools did so, and those that did only allowed 5th grade students to take it. Even worse, the haredi schools only allowed the students who were tested to be tested in two of the test subjects, Hebrew and math, arguably the only two subjects the students had any chance of doing well in.
TheMarker and the Madlan real estate website got the data released last week from last year's tests and compared it with scores at non-haredi Israeli schools. The comparison reportedly shows that of the haredi schools whose students were tested, 44% ranked in the bottom 10% of all students tested in the country. 14% more scored in the second decile (between the 10th and 20th percentiles). Only eight haredi schools, 5% of those for which there is test data, were able to achieve the highest ranking on the Meitzav.
Even this partial measure provides strong indication of substandard scholastic achievement haredi schools.
During the last school year, the Ministry of Education cut about 35 million shekels in allocations from 90 haredi schools that refused to teach the core subjects. It was seen as a substantial shift in the government’s enforcement of policy, which had previously ignored haredi refusal to comply with the law mandating that all schools teach the country’s core curriculum.
48% of Israel’s elementary school students are enrolled in Haredi schools or Arab schools. Only 38% are enrolled in Hebrew-speaking state secular schools, according to the Taub Center for Social Policy Studies.
By 2040, 72% of elementary students will be enrolled in haredi or Arab schools with only 19% enrolled in state secular schools, and 9% at state Zionist Orthodox schools.
Achievement in most of the country's Arab schools is also reportedly low.