Welsh education minister Huw Lewis has welcomed Ceredigion local authority's 'Excellent' Estyn report, saying it sets an example other local authorities should follow.
Excellent ratings were awarded by the inspection body in leadership, social inclusion and pupil wellbeing, support for additional learning needs and partnership working.
Mr Lewis described the report as a "landmark" for the education system in Wales.
Attendance rates in both primary and secondary schools in Ceredigion are the highest in Wales.
The education minister said the report shows leadership is making a difference. "That, together with an unrelenting focus on pupil wellbeing and achievement, is why the local authority is performing so well," he commented.
Estyn stated the local authority's capacity to improve is also excellent, with strong strategic leadership of the council, both politically and corporately.
It praised the accountability framework in place and said strategic partnership work is helping to improve outcomes.
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