More Louisiana public high school students are earning college credits than ever before. Over 7,300 students received college credit through the latest round of Advanced Placement tests.

That number rose 12 percent for the class of 2017 over the prior year. And since 2017, it's a nearly 167 percent increase.

Despite the gains, however, Louisiana still finished next-to-last among states who scored well enough on the Advanced Placement tests to get college course credit.

At total of 8.5 percent of Louisiana high school students earned the credit, compared to a national average of 22.8 percent.

Massachusetts topped the nation for a second consecutive year at 32.1 percent.

Advanced Placement allows students to earn credits in 38 subjects by taking a rigorous class in high school along with a national exam.