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PHOENIX -- The number of Arizona high school students scoring well enough on Advanced Placement exams to earn college credit almost has doubled over the last decade, but still falls below the national average.

That's according to a report released Tuesday by the College Board.

Advanced Placement exams are graded on a scale of one to five, with a three or better earning college credit.

The report shows that nearly 8,800 Arizona students, or 14.4 percent, met that standard in 2013. In 2003, 7.4 percent of Arizona students did so.

Arizona's figures still come in below the national average of 20 percent.

But the report notes that Arizona has improved in the number of minorities taking the exams and better positioning themselves for college.

Arizona had nearly 61,000 graduates in 2013. One-fourth took an AP exam in high school.

Associated Press,

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