Pupils in Worcestershire did better in their GCSEs this year compared to 2017.
More than 5,000 pupils received their exam results today.
Initial data provided by 30 schools to the County Council shows 67% of students in the county attained a standard pass in English and Maths. In 2017, the figure was 65.5%.
A total of 44.3% of children in the county gained grades 5 or above in both English and Maths.
Councillor Marcus Hart, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Education and Skills, said: "With the new grading format only in its second year, it is difficult to compare this year's results, with those of previous years.
"However, based on the previous framework, results are improving and this is a great achievement. I would like to congratulate all the staff and pupils working and studying hard in our schools".
In the new grading format introduced in 2017, the old A*-G grades have been replaced with a 9-1 system (9 being the highest and 1 the lowest). The first grades under this new system were awarded in English and maths in 2017 and have been rolled out to more subjects in 2018.
A grade 4 (or standard pass) indicates a similar level of achievement to the old C grade. A grade 5 (or strong pass) under the new system is similar to a high C or low B in the old system.
For many, now is the time for making big decisions about what is next in your career, please visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20290/careers_advice_for_young_people/1197/careers_advice_for_young_people/3 for more information on what support and advice is available.