Inspiring Systemic Improvement
The study of five units mathematics and science in schools does not occur in a vacuum; the school’s management, teachers, guidance counselors and the parents – all influence students’ ability to choose, persist and succeed, and also affect the teachers’ ability to provide quality teaching. The school system plays an important role in implementing its objectives, values, culture, professionalism and leadership.
Factors external to the school are also very influential. Schools in Israel belong to a local authority or a school network, and are supervised and instructed by district and staff units of the Ministry of Education. These entities play a role alongside a wider circle of players, including the national government that defines policy, allocates resources, supervises and measures; and the “clients” of the education system in the army, academia and the labor market, which express their needs and set their entry requirements.