The 2016 TIMSS results confirm the Gonski review findings that there are huge inequities in Australian education, NSW Teachers Federation President Maurie Mulheron said today.
"The Gonski review found that significant investment in education was needed to improve outcomes," Mr Mulheron said, "and while the TIMSS tests were done in 2015, by that time only 9 per cent of Gonski funding had been rolled out to schools."
"The bulk of the Gonski funding is due to be delivered to schools in 2018 and 2019, but before the full program can be delivered to schools and start improving results for all students, the Federal Government wants to scrap this much-needed funding model."
In a written statement, AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said that Australia's flat results in TIMSS were a concern, as was the fact that we were falling behind countries who were investing more in their school systems.
"This data shows yet again the gaps between advantaged and disadvantaged students, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous students," Ms Haythorpe said.
"Less than half of Indigenous students are at or below the proficient level, with little or no change in the gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students over the 20 years of TIMSS.
"There are also strong links between social disadvantage and low scores in both Year 4 and Year 8 testing.
"This is another demonstration of the need to target funding more directly to the schools [that] teach disadvantaged students, as Gonski funding is beginning to do," Ms Haythorpe said.
Read the full AEU statement here