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HCC students score higher than national average in math on CAAP assessment

Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) administrators announced today that the colleges students scored higher or in line with national averages in math categories on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) test.

264 HCC students participated in the math assessment. HCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Kristin Wilson explained that HCC has elected to utilize the CAAP assessment in an effort to demonstrate student learning. During the colleges recent reaccreditation process, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) recommended that HCC adopt assessment practices which help faculty understand learning and improve teaching. On a national level, a total of 27,803 students participated in the test with HCCs students, Wilson continued. Our students scores are very competitive compared with those across the U.S. We believe this speaks well of the educational opportunities available at HCC.

CAAP is the standardized, nationally normed assessment program from ACT. According to the ACT website, the CAAP assessment enables postsecondary institutions to assess, evaluate, and enhance student learning outcomes and general education program outcomes.

We are very pleased with these CAAP scores, stated HCC Math Department Discipline Coordinator and Professor Pat Riley. Ive always believed that HCC has an outstanding math faculty. These results help to confirm this belief. However, credit should also be given to our students. They are hard-working and dedicated to their education. They are a pleasure to work with, Riley continued.

HCC recently implemented a math redesign in the developmental math area by revising the teaching delivery to a modified Emporium model that is self-paced to the individual student. This model allows students to move at their own learning speed. This model allows students, who have the ability, to move through the developmental courses quickly to college-level math courses.

Hopkinsville Community College CAAP Scores
Mathematics (average):
HCC 56.6
National 56.1

Basic Algebra:
HCC 14.5
National 14.2

College Algebra:
HCC 13.9
National 14.0

Viewa full listing of colleges that participate in the CAAP assessment can be found at

HCC will participate in the reading portion on the CAAP in the 2013-14 academic year.