WebXam releases the November 2016 newsletter

WebXam releases the November 2016 newsletter

Topics covered in the newsletter include:

  • Teacher Effectiveness Survey Released
  • WebXam User’s Workshop Recordings Available
  • Share your Expertise – Participate in upcoming Item-Writing and Validation Workshops
  • Upcoming Teacher Test Reviews – January 11, 2017
  • CTE Assessment Matrix
  • About the Assessments

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam releases the October 2016 newsletter

Topics covered in the newsletter include:

  • Practice Tests, Field Tests, and Posttests Released on 10/3/16
  • WebXam User’s Workshop on 10/12/16
  • Share your Expertise – Participate in upcoming Item-Writing and Validation Workshops
  • Upcoming Teacher Test Reviews
  • Teacher Effectiveness Survey Released
  • CTE Assessment Matrix
  • About the Assessments

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Presentation at Ohio 2016 ACTE Conference

CETE staff shared their expertise at this year’s Ohio Association for Career-Technical Educators, Connections to Education Conference, held in Columbus, OH in July. The conference is the largest gathering of career-technical educators in the state of Ohio and is attended by teachers, administrators, vendors, and state department of education representatives. Click the links below to catch up on what you missed at this year’s conference!

WebXam Text-to-Speech

What is WebXam Text-to-Speech?

WebXam provides online testing for tens of thousands of students every year. Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) may require assistance that WebXam must accommodate. A common IEP accommodation is that a student may have a reader available while taking the test. In these situations, a proctor reads the test material to the student. Continue reading

Ensuring that Students are Taking the Correct Tests

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

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/