States will know within weeks how much more the commonwealth expects them to pay for schools.

The Gonski school funding overhaul calls for the states, territories and commonwealth combined to stump up an extra $6.5 billion a year.

But many of the states have been wary, saying they didn't know if they could sign up to the plan before finding out how much they were expected to pay.

On Saturday Victoria announced it would go it alone on school funding reform, saying it could deliver better outcomes than the commonwealth's one-size-fits-all approach.

Western Australia and Queensland have also expressed doubts about the federal government's national plan for school improvement.

Federal Schools Minister Peter Garrett said on Monday he expected to be able to let the states committed to the reforms know what would be involved shortly.

"In this week and the weeks ahead we will be sitting down and specifically going through ... both what we believe are the necessary components of the plan and also the likely offers that will come on to the table for us to pay our fair share," he told ABC radio.

He said the commonwealth would seek the same from the states in return.

But he declined to say how much extra money would go to schools next year, when the new Gonski system comes into effect.

It is understood it will take several years for the full $6.5 billion annual boost to go to schools.

"What the actual quantum figure will be will be a matter for us to determine in our negotiations with the states," Mr Garrett said.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Sunday announced part of the extra funding from 2013 would go to a reading blitz to focus on improving the literacy of children up to Year 3.


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