There has been joy and disappointment at schools across Wales as A level students got their exam results.
There was a slight increase in the overall pass rate - for another year, but a fall in the numbers getting the top A grades. And more worryingly, Welsh students are still doing less well than their opposite numbers in England.
Joanna Simpson reports.
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A-level results published today reveal the overall pass rate for students in Wales has improved again slightly this year - but there has been another fall in the percentage of pupils achieving top grades.
97.6% of entries resulted in a pass at grades A* - E - up 0.4% from last year. But those scoring at least an A-grade has fallen by 0.3% and the percentage of pupils gaining A* is also down by 0.3%
The figures also reveal Wales is still behind the rest of the UK.
- 97.6% of A-level entries resulted in a pass (A* - E) - up 0.4% from 2011
- 75% of A-level entries resulted in a pass at grade C or above - up 0.9%
- Almost half (49.9%) resulted in a pass at A* - B - up 0.7%
- 23.6% scored A or A* - down 0.3%
- 6% resulted in a pass at A* - down 0.3%
Meanwhile 8,259 students have achieved the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma this year - an increase of 1,311 (18.8%) compared to last year.
You can see the full breakdown of results here.