Pupils in the Scottish Borders have recorded the region's best ever Higher pass rate.
There was also an increase in the number of pupils achieving Advanced Highers, with a 9% jump in the number of school leavers who got A grade passes, and a 90% pass rate of grades between A and D.
This is the first year of the new curriculum for Scottish Highers, and Scottish Borders Council says the strong performance of its pupils demonstrates that the changes are working.
These results paint a highly positive picture for the young people of the Scottish Borders and are a strong testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work that has been shown over the past year by pupils, teachers, parents and carers alike.
What these results clearly show is that more young people are leaving education in the Scottish Borders with higher levels of qualifications and attainment and moving on to positive and sustained destinations. We have an increased number of qualifications being achieved by many more young people. Our teachers are more ambitious for our pupils and the adoption of an inclusive approach is providing them with greater employment or higher education opportunities."
Political Editor Peter MacMahon says some eyebrows have been raised by today's results for the new Higher exams.
The number of passes was up more than five percent on the previous year. But critics question the fairness of the new system.