What is WebXam Text-to-Speech?
Text-to-Speech, or TTS for short, uses computer software to convert text into audible speech. The WebXam TTS solution was designed to be a simple and intuitive solution for students with an IEP that allows test questions to be read aloud to them.
The following articles include a number of important announcements for the 2015-2016 WebXam school year.
On July 28, 2015, at the Ohio 2015 ACTE Conference, Jim Austin of CETE presented on WebXam to administrators and teachers associated with career-technical education (CTE) programs.
Questions occasionally arise about how CETE Psychometric staff obtains the performance standards used to classify student test scores into three levels. This brief explains the process, and additional information can be requested from WebXam@osu.edu at any time.
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
Two of the most common support issues for WebXam users are forgotten usernames or passwords and setting up students who need testing accommodations.
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/