MORE children in Nottinghamshire are achieving the national standard in tests for 11-year-olds than a year ago.
Provisional results released by the Department for Education show that more pupils met the expected level in their Key Stage 2 exams.
Eighty-one per cent of 11-year-olds achieved the required level in both English and maths, compared to 77 per cent last year.
Eighty-six per cent of pupils achieved the expected level in English, up three per cent on last year, and 85 per cent of children reached it in maths, two per cent up on last year – the best maths figure since 2008.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader, Councillor Kay Cutts, said: "I would like to congratulate the primary schools of Nottinghamshire, their pupils, teachers and the parents who support them on these excellent results. We have seen steady improvement over several years in Nottinghamshire so we are now placed comfortably within the top third of all local authorities in England."
Seven out of 276 primaries under county council control didn't reach the "floor level" of 60 per cent of children achieving the required grades in English and maths – down from 19 schools last year.
Ms Cutts added: "We shall continue to support our schools to make yet further improvements, with emphasis upon the small minority which most need our help, in order that all our children reach their full potential.”