A level comparisons can be made between LEAs. The three authorities which had converted entirely to tertiary colleges were all above average - Bury in Lancashire has a point score of 13.80, Richmond had 13.40 and Harrow, 12.30.
The paper reports that Sheffield's position as most successful LEA is a mixed blessing for the Labour controlled council who disapproves of the tables.
The data, based on A level results taken in the state sector, should take in to account the size of sixth form colleges, says the paper, as high A level averages are difficult to sustain over a large number of pupils.
Heads of further education colleges have criticised the tables, reported Radio Four's Today programme, saying the comparison with schools was like comparing chalk with cheese.