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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Cloud and outbreaks of rain will ease away eastwards during the morning, clearing the east coast around midday with sunny spells developing.
Police and emergency services are attending the scene.
Rebel-held east remains at risk while the pumping station supplying the western part of the city is once again in operation.