The Education Review Office has found growing numbers of primary schools are ready for the introduction of National Standards despite a boycott by many teachers and principals.
A report based on information from 80 schools during Term three this year, says 93% had begun preparing for the standards.
The report says 27 schools, or 34%, were well-prepared, while preparations were underway in 47 schools, almost 60%, of those reviewed.
Six schools had done no preparation.
The report shows an increase in schools that are well-prepared, from 19% in August, to 34% by the end of Term three.