JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli eighth-graders ranked seventh in the world for math but were first among Western countries.
The score for 2011 was up from 24th place, when the last Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study test was administered in 2007. Israel was also the top scorer for Western countries.
The top five scorers overall were Korea, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong SAR and Japan.
Jewish Israeli pupils outscored their Arab Israeli counterparts by a wide margin, according to Ynet.
In science, Israeli pupils finished 13th, up from 25th. In the International Reading Literacy Study for fourth-graders, Israel ranked 18th, up from 31st.