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Assessing SUNY General Education Learning Outcomes with. April 27, 2005. Presenters. David Chadima Consultant, Postsecondary Assessment Services, ACT Robert Ziomek Director of Education and Workforce Research Services, ACT Frances Dearing

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AssessingSUNY

General Education

Learning Outcomes

with

April 27, 2005


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Presenters

  • David Chadima

    Consultant, Postsecondary Assessment Services, ACT

  • Robert Ziomek

    Director of Education and Workforce Research Services, ACT

  • Frances Dearing

    Assistant Dean of Assessment, Academic Support and Placement, Westchester County Community College

  • Lanette Raymond

    Research Associate, Suffolk County Community College


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Presentation Outline

  • CAAP Overview

  • SUNY Outcomes / CAAP Test Module Alignment & Report Customization

  • Critical Thinking Pilot Studies

    • Suffolk County Community College

    • Westchester County Community College

  • Q&A


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What is CAAP?

Collegiate

Assessment of

Academic

Proficiency


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The standardized assessment program from ACT that enables postsecondary institutions to measure, evaluate, and enhance the outcomes of their general education programs.


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CAAP Features postsecondary institutions to

  • Six independent, 40-minute test modules

  • Flexible, in-class administration

  • Comprehensive reporting at the cohort and individual student levels

  • Extensive user norms

  • Linkage to ACT, COMPASS or ASSET to measure “value added”


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CAAP User Norms postsecondary institutions to

to


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CAAP User Norms postsecondary institutions to

  • National norms for each test module (and subscore)

  • Broken out by:

    • Institution type

    • Year of students tested

    • Institution ownership

  • SUNY system norms (2-year & 4-year if sufficient volume.


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CAAP Test Modules postsecondary institutions to


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CAAP Test Modules postsecondary institutions to

  • Five objective tests

    • Writing Skills

    • Reading

    • Mathematics

    • Science

    • Critical Thinking

  • One writing essay test


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SUNY Learning Outcomes Knowledge and Skills Areas postsecondary institutions to

  • Critical Thinking

  • Basic Communications (Written)

  • Mathematics


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Outcomes/Test Alignment postsecondary institutions to


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Outcomes/Test Alignment postsecondary institutions to


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Outcomes/Test Alignment postsecondary institutions to

KEY ISSUE:

  • For each test module, provide CAAP subscores that map to SUNY learning objectives


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Critical Thinking postsecondary institutions to


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Critical Thinking postsecondary institutions to


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Critical Thinking postsecondary institutions to


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Critical Thinking postsecondary institutions to

  • 32 items / 4 passages

  • Subject matter: Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities

  • Formats:

  • Statistical Arguments

  • Experimental Results

  • Overlapping Position

  • Case Studies

  • Dialogues

  • Debates

  • Editorials


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Critical Thinking Sample postsecondary institutions to

Question following passage

It is obvious from Favor's speech that she believes which of the following?

A. Most prescriptions are unnecessary.

B. Senator Counter will oppose the bill.

C. If the bill is passed into law it will greatly reduce the cost of all medical treatment.

D. If the bill is passed the average costs for treatment of minor ailments would be reduced significantly


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Basic Communication (Written) postsecondary institutions to


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Basic Communication (Written) postsecondary institutions to


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Writing Essay postsecondary institutions to

  • Two independent prompts

  • 20 minutes each

  • Essays scored in a holistic manner

    • ACT can score

    • Local faculty can score


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Writing Essay Sample postsecondary institutions to

Your college administration is considering whether or not there should be a physical education requirement for undergraduates. The administration has asked students for their views on the issue and has announced that its final decision will be based on how such a requirement would affect the overall educational mission of the college. Write a letter to the administration arguing whether or not there should be a physical education requirement for undergraduates at your college.


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Writing Skills postsecondary institutions to

  • 72 items / 6 passages

  • Subscores:

    • Usage / mechanics

    • Rhetorical skills

  • Spelling, vocabulary, and rules of grammar not tested


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Writing Skills Specs postsecondary institutions to

Content Category% of Test # of Items

Usage/Mechanics .44 32

Punctuation .08 6

Grammar .11 8

Sentence Structure .25 18

Rhetorical Skills .56 40

Strategy .21 15

Organization .14 10

Style .21 15

Total 1.00 72


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Writing Skills Sample postsecondary institutions to

By the fourth day I had to face the truth: my body was slowly changing to becoming dough. So I tied on my running shoes and loped out to the main road in search of a five-mile route.

A. NO CHANGE

B. become

C. being

D. OMIT the underlined portion


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Mathematics postsecondary institutions to


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Mathematics postsecondary institutions to


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CAAP Administration postsecondary institutions to

  • Select test modules that match the needs of your gen ed program

  • 2-week test window

  • Convenient in-class administration

    • 40 minutes per test

    • Pencil & paper

    • Proctored


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CAAP Administration postsecondary institutions to

  • Return materials to ACT for scoring & reporting

    • Objective tests - ACT proprietary scanning

    • Essay tests - two ACT-trained scorers

    • Three week turn-around time


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CAAP Reports postsecondary institutions to

  • Standard Reporting Package

  • SUNY Subscore Reports


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Standard Reporting Package postsecondary institutions to

Includes:

  • Institutional Summary Report

  • Student Score Reports (2)

  • Student Roster Report

  • Student Certificates of Achievement

  • Subgroup Reports (first 3 included free)

  • Summary of Student Motivation

  • Data files available


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SUNY Subscore Report postsecondary institutions to

  • Subscores map to SUNY learning objectives (CT)

  • Groups students by

    • top 25%  middle 50%  bottom 25%

  • Compares local student performance with state or national norms


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SUNY Criteria Compliance postsecondary institutions to

YES

  • Will it directly measure student learning?

  • Will it measure the objective it is intended to measure?

YES

  • Is the measure is reliable?

YES

  • Does the plan include externally referenced norms?

YES

  • Will the data that are reported be representative?

YES

  • Is it capable of measuring value-added?

YES


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CAAP Resources postsecondary institutions to

  • www.act.org/caap


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CAAP Resources postsecondary institutions to

  • CAAP manuals

    • Planning & Forms

    • Tech Handbook

    • Reporting & Research Services

    • Motivating Students


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Contact: postsecondary institutions to

David Chadima

ACT Postsecondary Assessment Services

500 ACT Drive P.O. Box 168

Iowa City, Iowa 52243-0168

Tel: (800) 294-7027

Fax: (319) 337-1790

E-mail: [email protected]


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