The March 2015 WebXam newsletter is now available at the following link:
Topics for this newsletter include:
- Contacting WebXam Support
- Deadlines for Testing and Uploading
- Ensuring that Students Take the Correct Tests
- Scoring of End-of-Course Tests
- New Item Writing for 2015-2016 Field Testing
- Subject Matter Expertise in Agriculture-Environmental Systems?
- Open Sessions for Ohio CTE Pathway Test Development
- Common Technical Support Issues
- Reminder of Proctor Requirement Change
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Please note the following deadlines for WebXam testing: Continue reading
Over the past few years, Ohio’s CTE Pathway Tests have been transitioning to a new model of End of Course (EOC) Tests from two older models: Modular Tests or End of Program Tests. In the new model, a Pathway Test (for example, 45MC Structural Construction) consists of a multiple EOC Tests (for example, 178001 Carpentry and Masonry Technical Skills) taken by students.
During these transition years, it is important to assign the correct Pathway Test to students. Continue reading
In the modular Pathway Tests that were developed in the past, students had to take all modules to complete the test sequence. With the introduction of End-of-Course (EOC) Tests, students do not take all available EOC Tests in a CTE Pathway. Instead, the student takes the EOC Test for each course they are enrolled in, when a test is available for the course.
For reporting to the state’s data system, EMIS, only one overall Pathway Test score is used per student. The Ohio Department of Education does not collect scores for individual EOC Tests. So, the EOC Test scores must be combined into a single Pathway Test score. Continue reading
CETE at The Ohio State University, in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Board of Regents, is looking for teachers, business leaders, and or subject matter experts in Agriculture and Environmental Systems to help with writing and validating test items in April 2015.
CETE at The Ohio State University is the selected vendor for creating and maintaining Ohio’s statewide Career-Technical Education Technical Testing System. Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) participate in content domain creation and alignment, development of items, validation of items, and provide input into performance standards.
Two of the most common support issues for WebXam users are forgotten usernames or passwords and setting up students who need testing accommodations.
This is a reminder that there has been a change to proctoring requirements for Ohio CTE tests in WebXam. Prior to March 9, 2015, teachers could not be the proctor for areas they teach. This rule was removed, and teachers can now proctor their own tests. For more details, please see the announcement at http://news.webxam.org/2015/03/proctoring/.