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Tel: +971 4 267 9594

Fax: +971 4 267 9593

Al Nahda 2, Al Qusais

Dubai, UAE

UAE National Agenda Parameter for Schools

The UAE National Agenda Parameter

The objectives underpinning the UAE National Agenda, which was launched in 2014 by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, provide schools with concrete targets against which to measure the progress they are making towards achieving the aspirations of the UAE Vision 2021.

Agenda Targets 

Average TIMSS Score

(What is TIMSS?)

An indicator that reflects the nation’s ranking and score in the TIMSS test, which evaluates the math and science skills of students in grades 4 and 8 Performance of UAE Schools in TIMSS 2011:
– Math Grade 4: Rank 42
– Science Grade 4: Rank 43
– Math Grade 8: Rank 23
– Science Grade 8: Rank 24

To be among the top 15 countries


Average PISA Score

(What is PISA?)

An indicator that measures the country’s ranking and scores in the PISA exam, which evaluates the reading, mathematics and science skills of 15 year old students. Performance of UAE Schools in PISA 2012:
– Math: Rank 48
– Science: Rank 44
– Reading: Rank 46

To be among the top 20 countries


————————–Click here to view Al Salam’s Performance Report————————————

Last academic year, DSIB found that schools were implementing different strategies to meet the National Agenda targets. Some schools were more successful than others. The schools that were better prepared used external benchmarking examinations in addition to TIMSS and PISA. These external assessments provided these schools with reliable, regular assessment information against which they could benchmark their students’ academic outcomes.

To assist schools in meeting their assigned targets, KHDA is introducing the UAE National Agenda Parameter in the academic year 2015-2016, which is a method for measuring and monitoring schools’ progress towards achieving their individual National Agenda targets. This parameter requires all schools to participate in international and external benchmarking assessments on an annual basis other than TIMSS and PISA.

Source: DSIB School Inspection Supplement 2015-16



The UAE National Agenda Parameter Benchmark Tests at Al Salam

Al Salam School has adopted the ACER International Benchmark Tests in Science, Math and English. 2016 will be the first year of full implementation of the tests for all students in Years 4-10.