Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

The Israel Literacy Measurement Project: 2015 Report

Annette Koren, Shira Fishman, Janet Krasner Aronson, Leonard Saxe


Israel Literacy report coverThe Israel Literacy Measurement Project is an attempt to create a valid and reliable measure of knowledge of Israel.

Beginning with the question, “what does it mean to be literate about Israel?” the team worked to establish assessment standards. Drawing on definitions of literacy in other social science disciplines and in consultation with subject experts, the research team developed a test bank of validated Israel-related questions.

The question bank can be used with college-aged young adults to assess the extent and content of their Israel-related knowledge.

The question bank is the start of an educational process that we hope will lead to future projects focusing on how students use, interpret, and analyze the information they learn.