NEW ORLEANS — The percentage of Louisiana public high school juniors and seniors earning college credit on Advanced Placement exams has grown markedly, but it remains low compared to the national average at about 4 percent.

State figures show the number of students scoring well enough on AP tests to earn college credit grew from 5,144 in 2013 to 6,407 this year, an increase of close to 25 percent.

But, at 4.1 percent, the state ranks second from the bottom — with Mississippi coming in last — in the percentage of students earning college credit with AP courses. The national average

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