BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams that are used to earn college credit.

The Department of Education said Thursday that more than 4,500 public high school students who took an AP test in 2014 scored 3 or higher. That's the grade on a 1 to 5 scale that colleges require for students to earn credit.

Only about 30 percent of the 15,000 Louisiana students who took the tests did well enough to get college credit.

But it was an increase of 30 percent over the number of students who earned course credits in 2013.

Education Superintendent John White praised the results, saying Louisiana students have shown tremendous gains in AP performance since the state put a new emphasis on taking the courses and tests.

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