Inspectors have commended action in Moray Council to improve its education service, two years after slating its performance. The turnaround also follows a critical report three months ago by Audit Scotland which said the authority "has a long way to go".
But HMIE has again reminded councillors they must tackle primary school closures. Previous plans were ditched after vocal community protests.
Inspectors will also continue to monitor underachievement in secondary schools.
Donald Duncan, education director, said: "Much has been done over the past two years to address the main points for action and many strategies, policies and procedures are now in place."