The Index of High School Performance on Higher Education Admission Exams, abbreviated QBOOL, reflects high school student performance on both the qualitative and verbal components of the General Aptitude Test (GAT), in addition to their performance on the Scholastic Achievement Admission Test (SAAT) for Science (mathematics, physics, biology, and chemistry) and Arts (Islamic education, Arabic language, and social sciences), with 20% of the coverage from first secondary subjects, 30% from second secondary subjects, and 50% from third secondary subjects.
The Index categorizes high schools based on the performance of their students on university admission tests (GAT, SAAT) as a means to motivate schools to develop their programs and improve the learning outcomes of their students. This contributes to their readiness for such tests mainly by comparing a school's current performance to its performance in previous years, in addition to comparing a school's performance to the average performance of other schools in the same education department.
The classification of schools is based on the performance of the students enrolled in these schools on admission tests by calculating their average performance. To achieve and maintain objectivity in ranking schools, the Index takes into consideration performance averages of the last three years. Furthermore, schools with less than 10 students in any given year are excluded from the classification.
Interpreting the Index
Scientific evidence indicates that multiple factors, both internal and external, may contribute to the quality of a school's programs. Furthermore, the impact of these factors varies greatly depending on each individual context. Quality of teaching, efficiency of school leadership, a motivating school environment, and the students' social and economic backgrounds are among the most significant factors, to name a few. Consequently, the Index has been designed to minimize variation size by comparing a school's average performance to other schools in the same education department. Thus, when interpreting the Index, it is advised to focus on comparing average school performance to the performance of the same school in the two preceding academic years. That can be used as a starting point to improve the quality of programs and increase student readiness on future admission tests.