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​​​​​Administrative Databases on Education in Israel

​A Scientific literature review for the Expert Team Project Report
Authors: Amalia Ran and Liat Josefsberg Ben-Yehoshua

In: Busharian, O. (ed.) (2017). Using Longitudinal Data as a Source of Information for Education Policy and Programs in Israel, Project Report. Jerusalem: The Initiative for Applied Education Research, Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Pages: 27-32

Summary

This review focuses on contemporary and historic databases on the education system in Israel, including sources on pre-school programs, elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and the non-formal education system. The survey maps the information, which was gathered from administrative sources, studies, and databases from public institutions, private institutes, and non-profit organizations. It includes sources, such as administrative files and statistical surveys, particularly databases, which contain the following details: information about students and their achievements, information about teachers and the pedagogical staff, information on educational institutions, information on education budgets and funds, information on infrastructure, non-formal education, and candidates for military service.

The aim of this review is to map the existing databases on education in Israel under the Initiative for Practical Research on Education by the Israeli National Academy for Sciences, which investigates the use of measurable longitudinal data as a source of information for policy and educational programming in Israel: longitudinal surveys as a case study. In order to complete this mission, the review will present three types of databases: open databases, which are available for the public; semi-open databases, which require entry permissions; and classified databases, which are not open for the public. The information was gathered from administrative sources, surveys, and databases from public authorities, private institutes, and non-profit organizations, and it will be presented as follows:

  • Principle institutions in Israel and the description of their mapped databases, including data on national level or based upon samples, which represent the research population.
  • Additional databases held by major municipalities, educational networks, and non-profit organizations.
  • Other databases created specifically for researches on education. These databases will be organized in a bibliographic list.​