Ledyard High School students' average SAT scores dipped in 2012 in all three subjects. Average scores in writing, however, dropped 10 points and fell below the state’s average score.
Writing scores at the high school averaged 502 (compared with 512 in 2011) and fell below the state's average score of 510 this year.
Students at Ledyard scored 517 compared to the state's 506 on the reading exam, Ledyard students taking the test last year averaged 521 on the reading exam.
The average math score on the test was 512 compared to the statewide average of 512. In 2011, Ledyard students averaged 521 on the math exam.
Nationally, the test scores averaged 488 for writing, 496 for reading and 514 for math.
The 2012 scores may have dipped but they have remained in the same range over the past five years, according to David Doyle, Director of School Counseling and Guidance at the high school. The scores are within a 12-point range from 2008 through 2012.
Doyle said that students who take the PSAT score an average of 198 points higher on the SAT than their peers who did not take the PSAT and that the high school is working to improve the percentage of students who take the PSAT.
"The practice better prepares our students for success on the SAT as well as increases 'college readiness'," he said of the test.