Labour has accused the government of stealing the idea from them.
Many schools already set targets for pupil achievement in tests and public exams. Now the government wants all schools to follow suit. Mrs Shephard is expected to require governors and head teachers to set annual targets for pupils in English, maths and science, starting in September next year. From 1998 schools will have to publish these goals in annual reports to parents.
Although schools will be allowed to decide their own standards, the government expects these to be challenging as well as realistic. National bench-marks, adapted for different types of schools, will be developed to judge that.