Modification to WebXam Proctor Requirement

CETE, the maintainer of WebXam, works with the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education to balance score credibility with administrative burdens.  In the 2013-2014 school year, CETE and the Ohio Department of Education established a proctoring policy for Ohio CTE testing. Part of this policy was the requirement that tests be proctored by an employee who is not a teacher of the area being tested. For the 2014-2015 school year, the wording was as follows:

An individual who proctors a test for a student must

  • be a paid employee of the school district.
  • not be a student, student teacher, or unpaid volunteer.
  • not currently be a teacher of the course being tested.

After reviewing the test security policy, to help facilitate the testing process the Ohio Department of Education and CETE are removing the requirement that the test proctor not be a teacher in the area being tested. In other words, teachers will be permitted to proctor their own tests.

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Clarified WebXam Reports for End-of-Course Tests

We provide score reporting in the WebXam system to allow districts to review the score data that will be provided at the end of the year for entry into the state’s data system, EMIS, for federal Perkins Act reporting.

Over the past few years, testing in Ohio Career Fields has been moving from the old model of modular testing, requiring students to complete all modules in a CTE Pathway Test, to end-of-course (EOC) testing, requiring students to take the EOC Tests for courses delivered, rather than all EOC Tests in the CTE Pathway. A student with fewer than 3 EOC Tests is not considered to have a complete Pathway Test score.

Furthermore, new tests are field tested for 1 to 2 years after being created. During the field test phase, students will get a percent score but will not get a pass/fail status. Once CETE staff select the final 40-item forms and rescore the tests, then the passing status is available for any student who took the test.

To try to make reports for EOC Tests more clear, we have made the following changes to how reports are displayed. Please note that these changes do not change any students’ scores, but rather how the scores are displayed.

  • On a report of a test score that is still in field test, the Passing status will be shown as Field Test.
  • If a student has fewer than 3 EOC Test scores for a Pathway Test, the Passing status will be shown as Incomplete.

This change is now in effect. Please contact WebXam Support if you have questions after reviewing your reports.

For more information about the field test process, including important dates, please see the 2014-2015 EOC Field Testing Memo at http://news.webxam.org/2014/10/2014-2015-field-testing/

Five new End-of-Course Tests released in Engineering and Science Technologies and Health Science Career Fields

During the 2013-2014 school year, Ohio Career-Technical Education students began taking End-of-Course (EOC) Tests in the Health Science and Engineering and Science Technologies Career Fields.

The Ohio Department of Education contracted with CETE to conduct workshops to write EOC Tests for five additional courses in these two career fields.  The tests are now published for use in WebXam.

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Five End-of-Course Tests released later this school year

During the 2013-2014 school year, Ohio Career-Technical Education students began taking End-of-Course (EOC) Tests in the Health Science and Engineering and Science Technologies Career Fields.

The Ohio Department of Education has contracted with CETE to conduct workshops to write EOC Tests for five additional courses in these two career fields.  Continue reading

WebXam 2014-2015 End-of-Course Field Testing

This document explains procedures for End-of-Course (EOC) field testing, an important part of psychometric quality assurance for technical testing programs. The purpose of field testing is to examine both individual items and entire tests. This quality assurance process helps CETE staff to select the best items to create operational test forms. Field test data is also used to adjust cutoff scores when finalizing operational test forms.

Click here to download and read the 2014-2015 End-of-Course Field Testing Memo.

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WebXam pretests available until September 22

For Fall 2014, the availability of pretests in WebXam is extended beyond the original end date of September 15.  The new end date for the fall window is September 22, 2014.

Pretests will not be available after this date.  There will be a second pretest window January 2-21, 2015.

For more information about pretesting, see our original announcement at http://news.webxam.org/2014/08/pretests-2014-2015.

2014-2015 WebXam User’s Workshop

Hear about what’s new with the WebXam testing system and the development of the Ohio Career-Technical Education Pathway Tests at the WebXam User’s Workshop. You can learn how to navigate and use the WebXam testing and reporting system on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop location is CETE; The Ohio State University; 1900 Kenny Road; Columbus, Ohio 43210. For your convenience, you will also be able to view the workshop live online.

Teachers and administrators new to WebXam are encouraged to attend this informational session. All WebXam users are invited to attend for a worthwhile refresher. For in-person attendance, visit http://go.osu.edu/WebXamWorkshopRegistration and fill out the registration form no later than November 20 to secure your spot.  To participate online, see the instructions below.

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