While pass rates may show a marginal narrowing of the gap between independent and state schools, there is still sufficient clear daylight for the sector to demonstrate the value to parents of the weighty annual fees they pay.
Pass rates are extremely high across the board and there are also significant proportions of candidates taking five or more Highers and securing A passes.
In truth, comparisons between the two sectors are not easy to make and serve little purpose, given the very different constituencies they often serve.
There is a view that private schools performing well in exams is unremarkable given they select pupils on the basis of their academic potential.
Comprehensive schools, on the other hand, cater for pupils of all abilities, as well as greater numbers of those with additional support needs, who are taught largely in a mainstream setting.
Private schools also find it easier to move on more troublesome pupils who do not fit their ethos of attainment and discipline, while state schools do not have the same freedoms.
That said, the high levels of achievement in private schools are no accident. They represent an enormous amount of hard work and dedication on the part of pupils, parents and staff.
Private scholl pupils can also go on to contribute significantly to wider Scotland, building on their education at university or in the workplace. And significant numbers of staff at private schools are also at the forefront of national curricular and qualification development, benefiting all pupils.