A Department of Education spokesman said that the aim of their floor target was to boost standards and "end years of chronic under-performance."
Today's figures demonstrate that schools have responded to the challenge.
The floor standards we introduced were tougher and have improved performance.
Heads, teachers and pupils deserve credit for meeting the challenge head on.
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