Ohio has seen an increase in the number of students taking Advanced Placement courses and earning college credit while still in high school, according to Ohio Department of Education officials.

Richard Ross, state superintendent of public instruction, along with representatives of the Ohio Board of Regents and the nonprofit College Board, was at Pickerington High School North on Thursday morning, Sept. 26, to hail the state's AP strides.

According to information from the ODE, the number of Ohio students who earned a passing grade or better on an AP exam during the 2012-13 school year increased by 9.2 percent, outpacing the national increase of 6.1 percent.

Additionally, the department reported, Ohio's minority students showed marked increases in AP participation, with the number of African-American students passing an AP exam growing by 17.2 percent and Hispanic student passage of the exams by 19.9 percent.

Nationally, ODE officials said, African-American passage of AP exams increased by 11.1 percent and Hispanic passage rates by 13.3 percent.

Read the full story in the Oct. 3 edition of ThisWeek Pickerington Times-Sun.