Activity type: Expert Team
Activity coordinator: Oded Busharian
Activity period: 2019-2020
At the behest
of the Ministry of Education, the Yozma established a working group whose aim
is to learn about strategies for measuring improvement in schools in Israel.
Like other parts
of the education system, schools in Israel are also frequently measured, and
done so using many indices. These measurements make it possible to present a
status snapshot of schools at specific points in time. They do not, though,
enable the precise examination and presentation of improvements made by a
school over a period of time. A simple comparison between different periods
could provide insights on this matter but would not, however, answer other
questions, such as is a four-point increase in eligibility for matriculation in
one school comparable to an identical rise in another school? Does a four point
improvement, from an average grade of 90 to an average of 94, have the same
significance as improvement from an average grade of 80 to an average of 84?
in the working group are academicians from the fields of education, economics
and sociology. Ministry of Education officials from divisions involved in
measuring school improvement accompany the working group’s activities.
In order to arrive
at the optimal measurement method, the working group will determine the
variable or variables according to which improvement should be measured, the
range of time over which improvement is to be measured, and the additional
background variables which contribute to improvement. The measurement process
will include the following activities:
- Examination of existing data about schools in Ministry
of Education databases
- Examination of common and accepted methods and
approaches in research on school improvement, and the advantages and
disadvantages of their use
- Examination of existing methods of measurement of
school improvement in Israel
- Examination of the possible implications of measuring
school improvement and how to prevent negative implications
In the context
of their learning process, the working group will hold discussions with experts
in Israel and from abroad, examine alternatives to measurement methods for
school improvement, and present examples of measurements of school improvement
for one of the measurements selected.
Senior lecturer in the Educational
Administration, Policy and Leadership program at Tel Aviv University; serves as
the program head. Her areas of research include social inequality and the
sociology of teaching, and educational administration. In her research, Dr.
Addi-Raccah pays special attention to issues of inequality in education
systems, the feminization of administration, on the work of principals and more
recently, on the relationship between the school and the surrounding
environment and community. Dr. Addi-Raccah holds a PhD degree in sociology from
Tel Aviv University, received in 1997.
Dr. Iris Ben David
Senior lecturer in the School of
Education at Bar-Ilan University. Founder and co-chair of the Special Interest
Group (SIG) on economics and education finance at the Comparative International
Education Society (CIES). She is a member of the board of advisors of the
National Education Finance Academy (NEFA). In addition, she is a member of the
advisory board of the Institute for Higher Education Research in Belt and Road
states, under the aegis of the Beijing Institute of Technology (China). She is also an advisor to the Education
Commission on the topic of education finance, and a member of the editorial advisory
board of the Journal of Education Finance.
Her research addresses the
relationships between education and economics with an emphasis on education
finance policy. Likewise, she studies methods of allocating finance and budget
resources as well as budgetary policies and methods that promote improvement.
Dr. Ben David Hadar has a Bachelor’s
degree in economics and statistics, received in 1985, a Master’s degree in
education administration, received in 1999, both from Tel Aviv University, and
a PhD degree in education administration, supervised by Prof. Zeiderman of the
Department of Economics, received from Bar-Ilan University in 2010. She carried
out her post-doctoral research at Stanford University.
Dr. Ron Bratslavsky
Directs the Data Processing and
Analysis Division at the National Authority for Measurement and Evaluation in
Education (RAMA). In his role, he processes and analyzes data from large-scale
studies and is involved in the development and application of advanced
statistical methodologies and tools. In addition, Dr. Bratslavsky is involved
in evaluating the effectiveness of national curricula, intervention programs
Dr. Bratslavsky holds a Bachelor’s
degree in behavioral sciences from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and
Master’s and PhD degrees in social-organizational psychology, both received
from Bar-Ilan University.
Head of Division A - Planning and
Policy, Senior Division of Strategy and Planning at the Ministry of Education.
She was previously head of the Planning, Quality and Control Unit in the Ministry
of Education’s Northern District. In her role she implemented quality
procedures in accordance with European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM)
guidelines and planned and implemented strategic processes in the district. She
is a graduate of the Public Service Cadets Program during which she interned at
the Ministry of Defense and at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
Ms. Lankri-Mayost, an attorney, holds
a Bachelor’s degree in law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a
Master’s degree in public policy from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Adam Nir
Professor of education administration
policy and holds the Abraham Shiffman Chair in Secondary Education at the
Hebrew University. He is the former chair of the department at The Seymour Fox
School of Education and the past president of the International Society for
Educational Planning (ISEP). His research focuses on decentralization, autonomy
and school-based management, leadership, and management and human resource
management, and on education policy.
Prof. Nir holds a PhD degree in education policy and planning, received
from the Hebrew University in 1996.
Economist and domain manager (statistical processing and analysis) in
the Economics and Budgeting Administration at the Ministry of Education’s
Economics and Statistics Department. He is a member of the team headed by Yoav
Azulay, department director. The team is responsible for formulating and
updating statistical status snapshots for the Ministry of Education and
connects between diverse statistics entities in the field of education in
Israel and around the world. The team is also responsible for developing and
building operational tools using statistical data and making them accessible to
the Ministry, as needed, and to the general public.
Mr. Natan holds a Master’s degree in economics, received from the Hebrew
University in 2013.