BATON ROUGE — The number of public high school seniors who scored well enough on the ACT standardized test to enter college without remedial work continues to grow, Louisiana’s education department said Thursday.

Of the latest group of graduating seniors, 24,619 students earned an ACT score of 18 or higher. That’s a boost of 959 students from 2014 and of 6,312 students from 2012, according to data released by the department.

The number of students who scored well enough to earn scholarships through the state’s TOPS free college tuition program also increased. Nearly 1,000 more students reached a score to be eligible

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