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 will learn how to navigate and use the WebXam testing and reporting system on Wednesday, October 8, 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. Additionally, if you are unable to attend the October 8 workshop, we will be holding another workshop on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, covering the same material.

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 September 30 to secure your spot.  To participate online, see the instructions below.

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WebXam Pretest Window Closing September 15

(Update on 9/15/2014: This last day of the pretest window has been changed to September 22, 2014.)

Students in Ohio are currently using WebXam to take pretests for Career-Technical Education Pathways.  The last day of the current pretest window is September 15, 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.

WebXam Employability Test

CETE is issuing a reminder of the availability of a pretest and posttest for the Employability construct. This allows local districts to evaluate student gain from instructional programs such as Career-Technical Education (CTE) and Career-Based Intervention (CBI).

CETE has offered for many years a 100-item Employability Assessment, test form 99DA, dating back to the Ohio Competency Analysis Profile (OCAP) and continuing through the Core ITAC and the current Strand 1 of the CFTCS End of Course system. Using data from over 12,000 test-takers from 2003-2013, we analyzed the existing items and selected a new form consisting of 80 multiple choice items that are balanced across the content units of employability.

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Student Testing Using End-of-Course Pretests and Posttests 2014-2015

Purpose

The WebXam project is proud to announce the launch of a system to support Ohio Career-Technical Education in measuring gain through a pretest-instruction-posttest model. Representing a shift from posttest-only models, this document explains procedures for student gain measurement using pretests and posttests written to Ohio Career-Technical Education course outlines. Note that only course-based pathways will have pretests, and that implementation will occur over several years as the test development process follows revision of Career Field Technical Content Standards and creation of course outlines.

The use of pretests is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a method to help document student gain, along with the observations and measurements conducted directly by the instructor and other local district staff. CETE, the maintainer of WebXam, is an ODE Approved Vendor under Category B for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES; http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/Educator-Evaluation-System). A set of Frequently Asked Questions maintained by the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Career-Technical Education is located at the ODE website and provides more detail.

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Test Security Rule Book 2014-2015

For the 2014-2015 school year, we have made the following changes to the Test Security Rule Book for Ohio Career-Technical Education Testing:

  • This document covers both pretests and posttests.
  • Teachers of the course being tested may be in the room during testing to assist the proctor with technology or behavior problems, but the teacher should not proctor the test.
  • Proctors do not need to be registered in WebXam.
  • Students attending a virtual school must come to a testing center and be observed by a qualified proctor.
  • Headphones must be used if test is read aloud by computer using screen reader software.

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Upload format change 2014-2015

The Secondary Student Upload form in WebXam allows a district to upload student data to WebXam.  The upload file can be in one of two formats:

  • Excel file format
  • Fixed-length field plain text file format that is exported from some student data systems such as DASL

There is one change to the format this year. In previous years, WebXam accepted only CTE Program of Concentration codes.  We now accept  CTE Program of Concentration, CTE Subject Code, or both.

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Ohio Career-Technical Education Testing System Teacher Test Reviews 2014-2015

Purpose: Teacher test reviews, held either onsite at CETE or offsite at local districts, allow CTE teachers (who should NOT proctor tests for their own students) to review the operational forms of tests once per test form lifecycle. WebXam staff expects no information to be shared with others, as outlined in the non-disclosure agreements that teachers will be asked to sign. In addition, the support and IT staff time required to conduct the teacher reviews mandates a charge for each teacher who comes to CETE. Please read these instructions carefully to make sure that you do not waste your time and resources or those of the district.

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Rescoring of FY2014 OCTCA Field Tested Assessments

Rescoring of 2013-2014 Field Tested Assessments

During 2013-2014, a field test of newly-written End-of-Course (EOC) tests was conducted by the maintainers of WebXam, CETE at The Ohio State University, who coordinated with the Ohio Department of Education. The field test process, just like the large group review involving instructors, is an important part of psychometric quality assurance. The purpose of field testing is to examine scores on both individual items and entire modules. This QA process helps CETE staff to select quality items to create operational test forms.

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