Summary of CAAP Results 2001-2005
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) tests have been given at Sauk Valley Community College for the last five years. Scores from the College have been compared to 2-year college national means supplied by ACT. The scores received by examinees at Sauk are compared overall as well as a subgroup of (adjusted) Sauk students (those students who have not completed coursework at another institution as indicated by transfer hours). Data are validated for demographic items in lieu of using student reported data.
The Assessment Committee in place at Sauk during the 2001 academic year reviewed the findings and selected the criteria by which to do the analysis. Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking, Science, and Essay were chosen as the most pertinent and meaningful scores and therefore were used in the study. The format of the study was changed slightly in 2002 through suggestions from the committee and remained intact through 2004. That format change did not affect the comparability of the data.
Fall 2005 marked a change in the annual CAAP testing. In the Spring of 2005 we retested students who had previously taken the CAAP exam to try to examine the â€œvalue addedâ€ by the College. Two issues with the results of the Spring testing were number of exam takers being very low and the fact that the previous CAAP exam had been administered at various places in their education at Sauk. The faculty lead by the Core Assessment Team decided that a better way of testing might be to test entry level students and the retest when students had 45 or more hours. Institutionally it was felt that the best way to capture these students for that first exam was to do the testing in PSY 100, our orientation class that should contain first time freshmen students. Fall 2005 is first semester of such testing. The exam results of these students will be compared to the CAAP exam result of other college freshmen. The students that remain at the College will be tested again after receiving at least 45 college credit hours and compared both to sophomore CAAP norms and their exam scores as freshmen.
The report, completed annually, compares scores of the adjusted group to the national averages in the six noted areas. A correlation analysis between Sauk averages and national averages is completed with tests of significance. The report further breaks down those students into freshman and sophomore groups and again compares them to the national results.
The report summaries from the last three years indicate:
There is room for some concern regarding the validity of the results this year due to the small number of student testing. The General Education sub committee as well as the Assessment Committee have discussed this concern and are in the process of developing an alternative plan.
ÂSubmitted by the Gen Ed Subcommittee - March 27, 2006