SCHOOLS in Kirklees have been praised by the Government for their "excellent performance" in test results this year.
Thousands of youngsters have produced some of their best-ever results.
And now Schools Minister Jacqui Smith has given her praise.
In a letter to Director of Lifelong Learning Gavin Tonkin she wrote: "It gives me great pleasure to write and congratulate you on the excellent performance of the schools in your authority in the achievement of their Key Stage two results this year."
Key Stage two pupils are those in the seven to 11 age group.
The results showed an improvement in maths and English at primary school level.
The minister added: "The combined results in English and maths mean that cumulative results achieved by children in your authority are among the most improved this year.
"I would like to pass on my congratulations to pupils and teachers and to colleagues at local authority level for that achievement."
Clr Geoff Alvy, the council Cabinet member for children's services, said: "I am very pleased all the hard work going on in our schools, and the support they get from the education service, has been acknowledged and supported by the minister.
"This year's test and exam results have seen a consistent improvement at all levels, and demonstrates the commitment we have to raise standards and attainment in our schools.
"I, too, would like to congratulate everyone concerned - teachers, pupils, parents, governors, and support staff in the education service - for maintaining the continued raising of standards across all age groups.
"As well as the dramatic improvements at primary school level, this year's GCSE results saw a significant improvement.
"Last year 47% of the age group in Kirklees gained 5+ A*-C grades. This year it topped 50% - one of the best improvements in the country."
Councillors will discuss details of the performance levels next week.