Dumfries and Galloway is one of the top education authorities in Scotland by the end of S4 as measured by average total tariff scores.
Tariff scores are a means of allocating points to compare qualifications used for entry to higher and further education.
Each grade in all levels of qualification is assigned a number of points – from 120 points for a grade A at an Advanced Higher, to one point for an Access 2 unit.
In the 2013 exam diet our S4 pupils attained the second highest average tariff score of the 32 authorities in Scotland for the 80 percent highest attaining pupils with a score of 248 and the seventh highest average tariff score of the 32 authorities in Scotland for the 20 percent lowest attaining pupils with a score of 90.
In both measures there has been an increasing trend over the past six years.
Councillor Jeff Leaver, chairman of education committee, said: “This is an excellent performance and a great credit to all the staff and pupils involved.”