Solihull is the second best area in the country for primary education, bettered only by the posh London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, it was revealed yesterday.
The accolade is likely to put new pressure on the authority which is already highly sort after for the quality of its schools.
Elsewhere in the region, Sandwell finally managed to put behind years of being ranked bottom in the West Midlands for results achieved by primary school pupils.
The authority rose four places to be placed joint 139th out of 150 LEAs, overtaking Stoke-on-Trent which now holds the bottom spot regionally and is second from bottom nationally.
Solihull's elected head of education, Coun Ken Meeson, welcomed progress made by its primary schools, but criticised the Government for failing to properly fund the authority.
"What makes the achievement more commendable is our schools are some of the lowest funded in the country," he said.
"Some of our secondary schools have said if they were getting the same per pupil compared to Birmingham they would have #1 million more in their budget."
Solihull is part of a group of 40 mainly rural authorities including Worcestershire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire that claim they have consistently being under-funded compared to urban authorities. Coun Meeson said: "They point out that we have affluent areas but our argument is that we should at least get what the average is."
The pass rate for Solihull pupils hitting the required level at English in key stage two tests this year was 86 per cent compared to 79 per cent nationally. In maths, 82 per cent hit the target in Solihull compared to 76 per cent nationally.
For science, 91 per cent of Solihull pupils achieved the level, compared to 87 per cent nationally.
Coun Meeson said top ranking could put fresh pressure on Solihull, which has traditionally been a place for flight from Birmingham when people start families.
"We already have 5,000 youngsters coming into Solihull to be educated from neighbouring authorities," he said.
Sandwell also celebrated its rise from the bottom of the league regionally.
In English 73 per cent of primary pupils reached expected levels, with 69 per cent making the grade in maths and 81 per cent in science.
Coun Ian Jones (Lab Tipton), Sandwell's Cabinet member for schools and lifelong learning, said: "This is excellent news for Sandwell and our young people. It reinforces the steady progress we have made over the last few years."
Elsewhere, Shropshire rose 16 places to be ranked 21; Walsall 19 to 105 place and Birmingham two to 127th place.
LEAs ranking with national placing in brackets
Telford and Wrekin (98)
Sandwell (joint 139th)