Published on February 13th, 2015 | by editor0
Upcoming CAAP Exam Can Be Valuable Tool in Supporting Student Success
A message from President Potash . . .
The ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) exam will be administered this Spring 2015 semester at Wright College from Monday, April 13, 2015 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.
Administered every two years, the CAAP assesses our students’ skills in mathematics, science, reading, writing, and critical thinking.
Wright uses CAAP data to measure upper-level student performance in key academic areas and to benchmark its general education learning outcomes with the national average for all college sophomores. We will also include performance results in assessment reporting, accreditation efforts, and grant writing.
As you know, one of Wright’s defining characteristics is its culture of continuous improvement. Our extensive work with the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports City College’s Reinvention Goals and works to build a community centered on student success and completion. The CAAP helps us to assess and measure improvements – whether in process, performance, or pedagogy. I am proud to be part of a community so invested in this important mission.
In 2012, more than 1,500 Wright College students in 57 classes completed the CAAP exam. Overall, we found that Wright’s students performed at or slightly below the national averages in critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. While slightly lower, Wright’s scores were within 1.6 points of the national average and within CAAP’s standard deviations. In addition, Wright’s average math score was 3.2 points above the national average (please click the graph below for more detail on 2012 results).
In early March 2015, faculty members will receive notification of their class sections selected to participate in CAAP testing, along with the dates for test administration. Students will also receive email communication about the CAAP exam, emphasizing its purpose, and encouraging their best efforts.
I urge your participation in and support for the CAAP exam administration this term. This will ensure that the testing process runs smoothly, the outcomes reflect our students’ abilities and skills, and that data collection is accurate and comprehensive. Toward these goals, participating faculty members will be asked to attend compliance training and work to motivate students to perform well. Faculty and staff are also asked to volunteer their time to help with test administration and collection.
I want to thank Kevin Li, Dean of Instruction, his team, and everyone involved in advance for their work in coordinating and administering this year’s CAAP. It is an involved process, but one that will yield valuable information about our students and how we may continue to better support their academic needs and goals.
With all best wishes,
David Potash, President
Wilbur Wright College