PISA results show Catholic schools delivering – but funding certainty is needed


Catholic schools are delivering on maths, science and reading, the latest OECD figures show, Catholic Education Melbourne Executive Director Stephen Elder says.

'The latest Program for International Student Assessment Report shows Australian Catholic schools scoring above the OECD average in these three vital foundations of learning,' Mr Elder said.

'Catholic schools score higher than the government sector in maths, science and reading – equivalent, the Australian Council for Educational Research finds "to around one year of schooling".

'However, with Australian results slipping overall, the Turnbull government needs to play its part with another key foundation of education. It needs to provide certainty on funding.

'Education Minister Simon Birmingham may have retreated from his comment in September some schools are ‘over-funded’, but has offered little in its place.

'Current school funding arrangements expire at the end of next year.

'Teachers in the nearly 500 Catholic schools across Victoria do their best day in, day out to guarantee the 200,000 children in their care – close to one in four of students state-wide – receive the best possible education.

'The PISA results show the results of their hard work.

'However, good teaching isn’t enough by itself. Quality education and quality outcomes require financial certainty.

'At the moment all we are getting out of Canberra is mixed messages.

'Senator Birmingham and his cabinet colleagues need to offer funding certainty – funding certainty that will maintain choice in education allow our schools systems to concentrate on the pursuit of excellence.' 

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