Now Recruiting for Item-Writing in Construction

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The Assessment Services Team at CETE has begun the process of developing the calendar for the item-writing workshops in the 2019-2020 school year. These item-writing workshops are designed to create new test items in specified subjects which become newly developed exams delivered to CTE students using WebXam, the online testing portal used by CTE educators. These workshops and WebXam technical support are conducted in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE).

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Assessment Services team will host item-writing workshops for test development by subject-matter experts (SMEs) in the career field of Construction Technology to develop item banks for about 30 courses across 3 different pathways.

Participation by subject-matter experts (SMEs) is the most important element of test development and delivery. New test items do not get written without the knowledge, expertise, and participation of SMEs – thus our motto, “SMEs are KEY”!  If you are in the Construction Technology career field, please reach out to cete-recruiting@osu.edu for more information, or visit http://go.osu.edu/item-writing.

During test development cycle, the SMEs participate in the following way:

  • SMEs will work with their ODE program specialist to ensure items are created that match the career field competencies and testing blueprints designed by the ODE CTE.
  • The SMEs will develop the test item banks then review the items as a group to ensure they align and are set to the proper performance standards. (this is the item-writing workshop)
  • The item banks are tested and validated by SMEs for accuracy, field tested by students, and then analyzed using psychometrics.
  • The item banks are then released as either pretests, posttests, and practice tests and are maintained by the WebXam Support staff.

Subject-matter experts are essential to the test development process and are the key to the development of quality tests and student success. When you attend an item-writing workshop, you are also provided an opportunity to network with other teachers, earn professional development certificates, and learn quality item-writing skills. Subject-matter experts who attend are also reimbursed (either personally or your school) for hotel and dinner the night(s) before the workshops (applicable if you’re outside a 60-mile radius), and your school is also reimbursed for the cost of your substitute. We also provide lunch while you are here.

To provide our subject-matter experts valid and verified evidence that participation in this process is an element of their professional development, the test-item development process the Assessment Services Team conducts is established by the occupational knowledge-skill assessment sector and statewide CTE programs, backed by data and well researched. Many team members are also active members of either the Association of Test Publishers or the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, to lend credence to the delivery of professional development certification or credentials. Much like continuing education is important to teachers, the CETE Assessment Services Team continuously apply and hone their knowledge and skills in the occupational and educational test-development arena. 

Testing Reminders

Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year, teachers and administrators. The WebXam support team want to provide you with two important testing reminders:

  • The pretesting window opens on August 12th, 2019 and closes on September 13th, 2019. Please be sure to complete all your fall semester pretesting during this one month window.
  • There is no pretesting available for the Engineering & Manufacturing courses in the 2019-2020 school year.

If you have any questions, please contact us. Have a great year!

WebXam Releases the May 2019 Newsletter

Released May 8, 2019, the May newsletter featured topics on:

  • Post Tests Close May 31
  • IT Field Testing Reopening
  • WebXam User’s Survey
  • Engineering/Manufacturing Validation Coming Soon
  • Item-writing for Construction Trades Next Year
  • Testimonials – we want to hear from you!
  • Reminder – No Pretesting for Engineering & Manufacturing in 2020
  • Teaching Professions Clarification on Education Principles Retakes
  • Professional Development Offerings

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

UPDATE: WebXam Testing Window for Information Technology Career Field


The Ohio Department of Education has sent the following important communication:

Due to a number of districts not participating in the WebXam testing window for the Information Technology career field, we are making an exception this year and reopening the testing window on Monday, May 6 and closing on Friday, May 31. Students taking the Information Technology end of course exam will be tested on the final forms, which contain only 40 questions.

For information on testing windows and deadlines, please refer to the WebXam Newsletter, Assessments on the Ohio Department of Education website, and the WebXam website. It is beneficial for teachers and administrators to review this material at the start of each school year to ensure that all students participate during the WebXam testing windows. If you have further questions about the WebXam or testing windows, you can refer to the materials listed above or contact the WebXam office at WebXam@osu.edu or (614) 292-4988.

Please share this communication with your associate schools so they can take advantage of this revised testing window.

Any tests that are saved as “in progress” MUST be restarted to maintain test security.

WebXam Releases the April 2019 Newsletter

Released April 16, 2019, the April newsletter featured topics on:

  • Reminders of various testing windows closing
  • The WebXam User’s Survey launch
  • Graduation Year Field Now Available
  • Engineering/Manufacturing Validation is Coming Soon
  • We’re item-writing for Construction Trades Next Year – WE WILL NEED YOU
  • Testimonials – we want to hear from you!
  • Reminder – No Pretesting for Engineering & Manufacturing in 2020
  • Teaching Professions Clarification on Education Principles Retakes

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

IT Field Testing & Student Gain Measurement: No Delays Anticipated

WebXam staff members have been tracking testing counts carefully, as well as matching them with EMIS-reported pathway headcounts, and will have NO trouble finalizing to 40-item posttests for rescoring to match the 40-item pretests. Our logic for using existing pretests was that we were delayed in communicating that pretests are NOT available during a field testing year (after major revisions due to changes in technical content standards and course outlines).

Our final day of field testing is Friday April 26, and we plan to post student gain and rescored values to instructor accounts on Monday April 29. Local deadlines for reporting student gain are Wednesday May 1, so this allows submission of data.

The current counts for IT field tests, with ODE pathway head counts to the right, are below (green indicates enough test-takers to finalize now). Note that Cybersecurity will have pretests starting next fall.

Field Testing Counts as of 04/11/19

Course Test-takers ODE #
145005 Information Technology 902 22883
145010 Web Design 599 3156
145025 Computer Hardware 2381 4157
145030 Computer Software 543 1931
145020 Computer and Mobile Applications 249 735
145035 >Networking 717 1991
145040 Network Operating Systems 151 435
145045 Network Management 135 227
145050 Network Security 205 379
145055 Routing and Switching 168 336
145060 Programming 681 5592
145065 Object Oriented Programming 312 509
145070 Visual Programming 156 601
145075 Systems Analysis & Design 44 206
145080 Database Administration 40 128
145085 Database Applications Development 41 144
145090 Game Design 150 1013
145095 Design Techniques 701 1674
145100 Creating and Editing Digital Graphics 720 1597
145105 Multimedia & Image Management Techniques 518 1274
145110 Video and Sound 556 1533
145115 Animation 297 710
145120 3D Techniques 52 267
145125 Interactive Application Development 63 148
146005 Cybersecurity (Plan B Complete) 12 15
146015 Cybersecurity Testing and Response (Plan B) 12 12
146010 Cybersecurity Defense and Reinforcement (Plan B) 0 0
TOTAL 10405 51000+

Just a reminder about Testing Windows

As the school year begins to wind down, WebXam would like to remind you about an important date: April 26th, 2019.

This date is important for two major reasons:

  1. The Teacher Effectiveness window closes: this is the last day to give posttests if using pretests for student gain. Students with a pretest/posttest combination that is completed outside of the Teacher Effectiveness window will not receive a student gain score but may still take available tests.
  2. The Field Testing window closes: Tests that are in field testing have a shorter window then final posttests. A list of which test are in field testing may be found on the WebXam about the test page.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact us.

WebXam Releases the March 2019 Newsletter

Released March 14, 2019, the March newsletter featured topics on:

  • Last day for submitting student upload files
  • April Teacher Test Review
  • Last day for Field Tests and Teacher Effectiveness
  • Last day for WebXam testing

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.