NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana still ranks below the national average — and near the bottom among all states — in average composite scores for students taking the ACT college readiness test.

However, state officials note that the state did move up in the latest national ACT data. And the state education department said the state’s improvement from 19.2 to a 19.4 composite score is the most progress made by any of the 13 states that require all students to take the test.

Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina, which had 100 percent participation in ACT testing, and Hawaii, which had 93 percent participation, had

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