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Of all the Arab countries that have participated in the international tests for fourth and eighth graders and 15-year-olds between 2006 and 2012, Qatar has shown the most substantial and consistent improvement in each and every test, be it in reading, math, science, or math reasoning and at all grade levels.The average score for each Arab country that has participated in these tests since 1995 is still below international average. Arab countries that participated in TIMSS 2011, PIRLS 2011 or PISA 2012 may be classified into three groups according to the average score of their students in these tests. Of all the 11 Arab countries that participated in TIMSS 2011, the six countries that participated in PIRLS 2011 and the four in PISA 2012, Qatar stands out for achieving the most substantial rise in scores in every test between 2006 or 2007 and 2011 or 2012 .In TIMSS 2007, students in Qatar had the lowest or second lowest average scores among Arab countries and ranked close to the bottom internationally in both math and science. In the 2011 test in math for fourth graders, Qatar jumped up to the third rank among nine Arab countries. All of these were more prevalent in Qatar than in other Arab countries.
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