It came as a growing number of secondary schools in England were labelled "underperforming", with one in eight falling below the Government's new minimum standard.
"The attainment gap between the most disadvantaged pupils and their peers has narrowed by 10 per cent since 2011 and more disadvantaged pupils are studying the core academic subjects, ensuring they have the knowledge and skills they need to make the most of their lives", he said. Each individual grade a pupil achieves is assigned a point score, which is then used to calculate a pupil's Attainment 8 score.
Dudley's secondary schools were second best in the Black Country and Staffordshire for pupil progress, official figures show.
Beacon Hill School in Aspatria was "well below average" in Progress 8 with -0.63, Attainment Score 8 was 35.4, Grade Five or Above in English and maths GCSEs was 20% and Achieving EBacc above grade 5/C or above was 9%.
Progress 8 shows how well a school is serving its pupils by looking at where these young people started and where they ended up.
There was no available data for other secondary schools in Bromsgrove.
There is also a new measure called "Progress 8", which compares a pupil's progress from the end of primary school to the end of secondary.
There were some success stories, however.
Wolgarston High School was the top school for progress in the area of the county covered by the Express & Star.
One school in Surrey, St John The Baptist in Woking, was ranked "well above average", scoring 1.11 on Progress 8.
Grades now range from a top 9 - equivalent to the old A* - down to 1.
Elsewhere in the county, Buckinghamshire UTC, The Grange School and The Mandeville School - all in Aylesbury - also made the list.
Chulmleigh Community College remains the best in North Devon when it comes to pupil progress according to revised GCSE league tables.
Overall Derbyshire scored 45.6 - the English state school average was 46.3.
These results are particularly pleasing to the school given the new, more hard specifications in GCSE English and Maths.
Schools can fall below the government's performance threshold if pupils do not make enough progress across eight subjects, particularly English and maths.
Vicky Neale, headteacher at County Upper, said: "Despite all the changes we are very pleased that, yet again, we are above both the national and Suffolk averages on all four main measures, including being nearly 20 percentage points above on the broad measure of performance across English, maths, the sciences, humanities and languages".
The outstanding school is also celebrating being one of the top 3 mixed comprehensive schools in the city for attainment.
What is a Progress 8 score and how is it measured?
Two city schools were deemed to be underperforming by the DfE - Wednesfield High and West Midlands Construction UTC.
She said the system was based on students' progress over eight GCSE subjects.