Nationally, the number of students gaining five-plus Credits at Standard grade fell from 34 per cent to 32 per cent, whereas Fife dropped from 33 per cent to 31 per cent.
Only two of the authority's five comparable councils in socio-economic balance - Angus and West Lothian - managed to increase their pass rate.
Falkirk and South Lanarkshire dipped by three points and South Ayrshire by two. For the past two years, Fife has fallen marginally behind the Scottish average.
Headteachers are now developing targets for pupils and improving the tracking of their perfor-mance. Some are opting for earlier identification of underachievers, others are encouraging principal teachers to observe classes while others are monitoring homework.