THE first annual report on the Scottish Executive's social justice targets shows the key educational milestones are still some way off. Only attainment of primary school children in the basics and the availability of pre-school places for three and four-year- olds have shown progress.
Information on one target, that all youngsters leaving local authority care should have at least a Standard grade in English and maths, will not be available until 202-03.
Overall Standard grade attainment has increased in the past five years, but the difference between the average of the bottom-performing 20 per cent and the remainder has been "fairly consistent" because both groups have improved performance.
The aim of reducing by a third the number of school days lost through exclusion and truancy reveals no improvement in primaries in 1998-99, although the secondary picture has stabilised.