Some 17 schools in Northumberland have been rated as satisfactory or better by Ofsted.
The watchdog recently completed an inspection of education centres in the area, which was due by the end of the academic year, as it seeks to account for differing levels of attainment across England.
While 12 schools were judged to be satisfactory, four were rated as good and one was graded as outstanding.
Information was also gathered on the use, quality and impact of councils' support when it comes to school improvement.
For example, headteachers and governors at all of the facilities were asked how aware their local authority is of school performance and pupils standards, and what special measures are in place to support and challenge learning centres.
The latest data from Ofsted shows that 37 per cent of secondary schools in Northumberland were judged to be less than good after their last inspection - the national average is only 27 per cent.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels