COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)-- State officials say more Ohio students are taking and passing advanced placement tests than in previous years, and Ohio shows more growth than the nation as a whole.

The state Superintendent of Public Instruction said Thursday that the National College Board report for 2012-2013 showed the number of Ohio students earning ``3'' or higher on a 5-point scale grew by 9.2 percent, compared with 6.1 percent nationally. Sixty-six percent of Ohio's public school students scored ``3'' or better, compared with 57 percent nationally.

Ohio reports double-digit growth in the number of exams taken and passed by the state's african-american and hispanic students.

The annual exams are given to high school students completing college-level study. Ohio students scoring ``3'' or higher are guaranteed college credit at Ohio's public colleges and universities.