Missouri State University - West Plains

Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)

The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes.

CAAP can be used to:

  • Satisfy accreditation and accountability reporting requirements
  • Measure students' achievement levels on a group and individual basis
  • Compare students' achievement levels with national user norms
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of general education programs
  • Document the performance gain of students' achievement levels over time
  • Analyze what interventions may be necessary to enhance results
  • Determine student eligibility for upper-division studies
  • Advise individual students how to achieve academic success
  • Measure student learning outcomes for Voluntary System of Accountability (Critical Thinking & Writing Essay)

Missouri State University-West Plains administers the CAAP tests to all students enrolling in the capstone course, a requirement for graduation. The nationally normed CAAP is a set of standardized tests developed to test college skills at or near the end of two years of college. These assessments enable postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes. There are six CAAP tests: Writing Skills, Reading, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, Science Reasoning and Essay Writing.

The following is a chart which compares the Mean Scores for Missouri State University-West Plains students who took each exam (designated as Local in each column) to the Mean Scores nationally. In all instances, with the exception of one, the mean scores for Missouri State University-West Plains exceed the national mean. The exception was in Science in 2002-03 where the mean scores were the same.

CAAP Scores 2001 – 2012 (Mean Scores)

PeriodLocal Writing AverageNational Writing AverageLocal Math AverageNational Math AverageLocal Reading AverageNational Reading AverageLocal Critical Thinking AverageNational Critical Thinking AverageLocal Science AverageNational Science Average
2001-2002 64.2 62.6 56.9 56.3 63.0 61.1 62.5 61.0 60.1 58.9
2002-2003 63.4 62.5 56.7 56.0 61.5 60.9 61.4 60.7 59.0 59.0
2003-2004 63.2 62.5 57.4 56.2 62.5 60.6 62.5 60.5 59.7 59.0
2004-2005 64.0 62.3 57.2 56.1 63.3 60.4 63.0 60.5 60.6 59.0
2005-2006 62.5 62.3 56.5 56.1 62.1 60.4 63.1 60.7 60.2 59.0
2006-2007 63.3 62.2 57.9 56.1 62.1 60.6 62.3 60.9 60.2 59.1
2007-2008 63.5 62.0 56.8 56.2 62.2 60.4 61.9 60.8 60.7 59.2
2008-2009 63.3 62.0 56.3 56.1 61.8 60.4 62.4 60.7 60.0 59.2
2009-2010 63.6 62.0 56.6 56.2 62.2 60.4 63.3 60.8 60.3 59.2
2010-2011 63.5 61.8 56.4 56.1 62.1 60.3 62.2 60.7 60.0 59.1
2011-2012 63.8 61.5 56.5 56.1 62.2 60.1 62.1 60.6 60.6 59.2

Point difference between Missouri State University students' averages and national averages

PeriodWritingMathematicsReadingCritical ThinkingScience
2001-2002 1.6 0.6 1.9 1.5 1.2
2002-2003 0.9 0.7 0.6 0.7 0.0
2003-2004 0.7 1.2 1.9 2.0 0.7
2004-2005 1.7 1.1 2.9 2.5 1.6
2005-2006 0.2 0.4 1.7 2.4 1.2
2006-2007 1.1 1.8 1.5 1.4 1.1
2007-2008 1.5 0.6 1.8 1.1 1.5
2008-2009 1.3 0.2 1.4 1.7 0.8
2009-2010 1.6 0.4 1.8 2.5 1.1
2010-2011 1.7 0.3 1.8 1.5 0.9
2011-2012 2.3 0.4 2.1 1.5 1.4

Percent of Missouri State University-West Plains students scoring above the national norm score

PeriodWritingMathematicsReadingCritical ThinkingScience
2001-2002 67% 62% 62% 58% 56%
2002-2003 59% 53% 51% 53% 45%
2003-2004 62% 62% 54% 67% 51%
2004-2005 65% 62% 65% 71% 58%
2005-2006 54% 48% 64% 72% 46%
2006-2007 *need corrected test score frequency distribution
2007-2008 57% 56% 64% 61% 54%
2008-2009 65% 49% 64% 75% 53%
2009-2010 63% 60% 61% 66% 61%
2010-2011 68% 47% 61% 63% 54%
2011-2012 69% 55% 60% 59% 55%