The West Midlands has more "outstanding" schools than "inadequate" ones, according to Ofsted.
The inspecting body identified 83 schools in the top-performing category during the 2005/06 academic year compared to 55 in the bottom category.
Nationally, however, performance at Britain's secondary schools was called into question, with one in eight judged to inadequate in Ofsted's annual report, published yesterday. If primary schools are added to the equation, one in 12 were found to be not up to scratch.
Chief inspector of schools Christine Gilbert claimed poor-performing secondary schools were "the greatest challenge to the education system".
She said it was "unacceptable" that the gap between the best and worst state schools was so wide.
"The report card for English education has been increasingly encouraging over the past ten years, but it is still not good enough," said Ms Gilbert.
"That is why I am so concerned at the gap between the best provision and that which makes an inadequate contribution to improving the life chances of children and young people."
Ms Gilbert accepted that secondary schools faced a "large, even daunting" range of issues, including matters that went beyond the school gates.
However she stressed: "The proportion of secondary schools judged to be inadequate remains the greatest challenge to the education system.
"More needs to be done - and swiftly - to reduce the number of secondary schools found to be inadequate."
Nationally, the watchdog found 11 per cent of all state schools were outstanding. About half were good, 34 per cent satisfactory and eight per cent inadequate.
A break down of the bottom performers shows 13 per cent of secondaries were judged inadequate compared to seven per cent of primaries.
In the West Midlands, 60 primaries were found to be in trouble during the last academic year, compared to 23 secondaries.
There were 39 schools in special measures – the worst category described by Ofsted as schools in which pupils are no getting a proper education and leadership is failing.
Of these, 32 were primaries and seven secondaries. Birmingham and Staffordshire had the most, each with seven.
The region had 38 schools that were given "notice to improve", meaning they were performing "significantly" less well than they should.
Of these, 25 were primaries and 13 secondaries. Birmingham and Sandwell had the highest number, with eight and six respectively.
A further six schools in the West Midlands were judged to have "serious weaknesses".
Ofsted also found in nearly one in three secondary schools behaviour was "no better than satisfactory overall, and in these schools there are also instances of disruptive or distracting behaviour from some pupils".
The findings follow the first year of new "shorter and sharper" inspections, giving teachers only a few days’ notice before visits.
Shadow education secretary David Willetts said the gap between the best and worst schools was "worrying". He called for more discipline and streaming to improve the situation.
Teaching unions, however, criticised Ofsted's findings.
"We need an organisation which can help struggling schools, not just pronounce judgement on them," said Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
The NASUWT also called on Ofsted to "abandon its fascination with failure".
SCHOOLS JUDGED TO BE OUTSTANDING
Birmingham & Solihull:
Brearley Nursery, Birmingham
Calthorpe School and Sports College, Birmingham
King Edward VI Camp Hill for Boys, Birmingham
Nelson Mandela School, Birmingham
Ninestiles School, Birmingham
Robin Hood Junior and Infant, Birmingham
St Alphege C of E Infant and Nursery, Solihull
St Cuthbert’s RC, Birmingham
Streetsbrook Infant and Nursery School, Solihull
Balsall Common Primary School, Solihull
Berkswell C of E, Solihull
Birchfield Community School, Birmingham
Bournville Infants, Birmingham
Burman Infant School, Solihull
Craig Croft Education Centre, Solihull
Goodway Nursery, Birmingham
Hall Green Infants, Birmingham
James Brindley School, Birmingham
King Edward VI Five Ways, Birmingham
St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary, Birmingham
St Nicholas Catholic Primary, Birmingham
Lillan de Lissa Nursery School, Birmingham
The Black Country:
Wolverhampton Girl's High School, Wolverhampton
Oxley Primary School, Wolverhampton
Watling Street Primary School, Walsall,
Oakwood School, Walsall
Thomas Telford School, Telford and Wrekin
Derwen College, Shropshire
Newport Church of England Voluntary Controlled Junior School,Telford and Wrekin
St Giles C of E Primary School, Shropshire
St John the Baptist C of E Primary School, Shropshire
Telford College of Arts and Technology, Telford and Wrekin
Three Oaks Primary School, Telford and Wrekin
Berkswich C of E Primary School, Staffordshire
Blackfriars School, Staffordshire,
St Nicholas C of E First School, Staffordshire,
Grange Infant School, Staffordshire,
Hednesford Nursery School, Staffordshire
St John's C of E Primary School, Staffordshire
Alcester Grammar School, Warwickshire
Exhall Grange School and Science College, North Warwickshire
Atherstone Nursery School, North Warwickshire
Priors Field Primary School, Warwickshire
Rugby High School, Warwickshire
Worcestershire and Herefordshire:
Evesham Nursery School, Worcestershire
Fairfield High School, Herefordshire,
Haybridge High School and Sixth Form, Worcestershire
Orleton C of E , Herefordshire,
RNIB New College, Worcester , Worcestershire
The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School, Herefordshire
Malvern Wyche C of E Primary School, Worcestershire
North East Worcestershire College, Worcestershire
St Michael's C of E Primary School, Herefordshire
Sytchampton Endowed First School, Worcestershire
Tenbury High School, Worcestershire
SCHOOLS REQUIRING SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT AND GIVEN A NOTICE TO IMPROVE
Cofton Primary School Primary
Jervoise Junior and Infant School Primary
Kingsbury School and Sports College Secondary
Nechells Junior and Infant School (NC) Primary
Maryvale Catholic Primary School Primary
St John Fisher Catholic Primary School Primary
Washwood Heath Technology College Secondary
Yardleys School Secondary
Cotwall End Primary School Primary
Cradley CofE Primary School Primary
Pensnett School of Technology Secondary
Holyhead Primary School Primary
Langley High School Secondary
Langley Primary School Primary
Mesty Croft Primary School Primary
Rounds Green Primary School Primary
Rowley Hall Primary School Primary
Sir John Talbot's Technology College Secondary
St Leonard's CofE Primary School Primary
Bentley Heath Church of England Primary School Primary
Kingshurst Junior School Primary
Amington Heath Community School Primary
Anglesey Primary School Primary
Cheadle High School Secondary
Landywood Primary School Primary
Springhill Primary School Primary
Stoke-On-Trent St Margaret Ward Catholic School and Arts College Secondary
Telford & Wrekin William Reynolds Junior School Primary
Joseph Leckie Community Technology College Secondary
Lindens Primary School Primary
Whitehall Nursery and Infant School Primary
Ash Green School Secondary
Hartshill School Secondary
Shipston-on-Stour Primary School Primary
Danesmore Park Primary School Primary
Midpoint centre Pupil Referral Unit
Parkfield High School Secondary
Rakegate Primary School Primary
Droitwich, Westlands First School Primary
Elgar Technology College Secondary
St Peter's CofE First School Primary
SCHOOLS SUBJECT TO SPECIAL MEASURES
Anderton Park Primary School Primary
Blakenhale Junior School Primary
Fairway Primary School Primary
Grendon Junior and Infant School (NC) Primary
Nonsuch Primary School Primary
Shenley Court Specialist Arts College and Sixth Form Secondary
St Edmund's Catholic Primary School Primary
Tame Valley Community School Primary
Hurst Hill Primary School Primary
Corngreaves Junior and Infant School Primary
Victoria Park Primary Primary
Park Hall School Secondary
The Archbishop Grimshaw Catholic School Secondary
Yorkswood Primary School Primary
Chadsmoor CE (VC) Junior School Primary
Glascote Heath Primary School Primary
Huntington Primary School Primary
Moorgate Community Primary School Primary
Redhill Primary School Primary
St Leonard's CofE (A) First School (Primary)
St Mary's Catholic Primary School Primary
Joiners Square Primary School Primary
Kingsland CE(C) Primary School Primary
Maple Court Primary School Primary
Medical PRU Pupil Referral Unit
Our Lady's Catholic Primary School Primary
Summerbank Primary School Primary
Thistley Hough High School Secondary
Trentham High School Secondary
Telford & Wrekin
Abraham Darby Specialist School for Performing Art Secondary
Wrockwardine Wood Church of England Junior School Primary
Abbey CofE Infant School Primary
Chilvers Coton Community Infant School Primary
Queen's CofE Junior School Primary
Stockingford Junior School Primary
Whitnash Primary School Primary
Drake's Broughton St Barnabas CofE First and Middle Primary
Gorse Hill Community Primary School Primary
SCHOOLS WITH SERIOUS WEAKNESSES
Rhyn Park School Secondary
Edgecliff High School Secondary
Langdale Junior School Primary
The Streetly School Secondary
Wolston St Margaret's CofE Primary School Primary
Harvington CofE First School Primary