Scores by Fairfield Ludlowe High School students rose in all subjects on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests in 2013, after dropping sharply in 2012, while scores at Fairfield Warde High School dropped in two subject areas over the previous year, according to the standardized test scores released Thursday.
At Ludlowe, mean scores on the 2013 SATs were 546 reading, 556 math and 562 writing, compared to scores in 2012 of 545 reading, 545 math and 558 writing.
At Warde, the mean scores this year were 535 reading, 555 math and 546 writing. Warde's scores in 2012 were 537 reading, 548 math and 555 writing.
At both local high schools, however, students scored higher than both the state and national average scores.
A total of 323 students at Ludlowe took the SATs, compared to 255 Warde students.
The most a student can score on any section of the test is 800.
The state SAT scores reflected a slight improvement over the previous year, but nationwide scores on the test seemed stuck in neutral.
Officials from the College Board, which produces the test, said the stagnant national numbers mean too many high school graduates are unprepared for college.
"We at the College Board consider it a call to action," College Board President David Coleman said.
Critics of the SATs, and standardized tests in general, however, said the failure lies with the system, not the students.
In Connecticut, the average SAT verbal score for the Class of 2013 was 508 and in writing, 512. In both cases, the scores were 2 points higher than the year before, but far higher than the national average for verbal, 496, and writing, 488.
The average math score, meanwhile stood at 512, the same as last year and 2 points lower than the national math score average of 514.