Missouri State University

7. Student Performance on Discipline-Specific Competency Exams

Data last updated: March 2016

In many programs at Missouri State University, students are required to take discipline-specific standardized exams to demonstrate their mastery within those disciplines. The primary assessment tools used for this purpose are the ETS® Major Field Tests, the Area of Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT), and The Praxis Series™. In addition, some Missouri State students must take certification or licensure exams in order to gain employment in their fields. Students in certain programs are required to pass these exams prior to graduation.

Data are updated each fall.

Note: Fiscal Year 2014 refers to Summer 2013--Fall 2013--Spring 2014.

[LRP, Access to Success Objective 9]

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Nationally Normed

Measure 1: Percent of students at or above the national 50th percentile

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Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Area of Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT) 80% 76%
Major Fields Assessment Test (MFT) 58% 57%
Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Area of Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT) 76% 75% 83% 80% 76%
Major Fields Assessment Test (MFT) 53% 53% 59% 58% 57%

Measure 2: Percent of students at or above the national 50th percentile by subject area

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Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012 Fiscal Year 2013 Fiscal Year 2014 Fiscal Year 2015
Area of Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT) Agriculture
Biology 89% 96% 100% 94% 89%
Geology 46% 57% 47% 68% 37%
Social Work 63% 48% 71% 65% 57%
Major Fields Assessment Test (MFT) Biology 38% 48% 42% 42% 56%
Business 56% 54% 63% 61% 61%
Chemistry 65% 55% 50% 62% 45%
Computer Science 75% 76% 74% 64% 61%
Criminal Justice 64% 53% 54%
English 48% 29% 38% 32%
History
Math 27% 48% 61% 47% 33%
Music 33% 38% 43% 57% 36%
Physics 60% 57% 36% 43% 27%
Political Science 82% 57% 73% 46% 84%
Psychology 50% 59% 67% 62% 62%
Sociology 68%
MBA 47% 49% 50%

Professional/Occupational Licensure Exams Required for Employment in the Field

Measure 1: Overall Pass Rate

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Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series 99.08% 97.78%
Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series 98.75% 99.10% 99.08% 97.78%

Measure 2: Subject Areas Overall Pass Rates by Program Type

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Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series Early Childhood 100.00%
Elementary 98.74% 98.83% 99.52% 98.67%
Middle School 96.97% 96.55% 100.00% 90.00%
Secondary 98.17% 99.44% 100.00% 98.03%
K-12 99.38% 99.52% 97.33% 96.97%

Measure 3: Percent of Students Scoring at or Above the 50th Percentile

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Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series 62.68% 66.94%
Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series 56.96% 63.23% 62.68% 66.94%

Measure 4: Percent of Students Scoring at or Above the 50th Percentile by Program Type

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Fiscal Year 2009 Fiscal Year 2010 Fiscal Year 2011 Fiscal Year 2012
Missouri Teacher Certification Praxis II Series Early Childhood 56.82%
Elementary 59.12% 60.94% 61.72% 68.89%
Middle School 81.82% 75.86% 63.64% 65.00%
Secondary 50.00% 63.84% 63.80% 63.16%
K-12 56.88% 63.77% 62.67% 68.69%