WebXam Releases the February 2019 Newsletter

Released February 20, 2019, the February newsletter featured topics on:

  • Teacher Review Workshops
  • Engineering/Manufacturing Item-Writing Workshops
  • Validation for Cybersecurity
  • No Pretesting for Engineering and Manufacturing in Winter 2020
  • Teaching Professions Clarification on Education Principles Retakes

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

Pretesting Window Extended!

In consultation with the Ohio Department of Education, WebXam has extended the Winter Pretesting Window through 2/8/2019 as a result of the inclement weather. No other WebXam testing windows or important dates have changed.

Find out more about the testing schedule, testing requirements, and the WebXam calendar by visiting our news site.

WebXam Releases the January 2019 Newsletter

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

  • Winter Pretest Window
  • WebXam Support Closed January 21st
  • Pretesting for Engineering and Manufacturing in Winter 2019
  • Teacher Review Workshops for 2019
  • Engineering & Manufacturing Item-Writing Workshops NEED Item-writers
  • Validation for Cybersecurity
  • ACT WorkKeys for Preparation of End-of-Course Tests
  • CTE Program and Assessment Matrix
  • About the Tests

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

Winter Pretesting Window Opens January 2nd

As you return back to the classroom after the winter break, this is just a reminder that the pretesting window reopens January 2, 2019 and stays open until February 1st.

Pretests should be given before students receive instruction and should only be administered once. The use of pretest scores, when paired with posttest scores during the Teacher Effectiveness window, will generate an additional Teacher Effectiveness score that is mapped to student gain.

While pretesting is currently optional for CTE programs, it is a great way to review knowledge retained by the student from previous courses to help teachers prepare their courses to allow students to be more effective during the current school year. It is a recognized way to document student gain. This documentation of student gain, as previously stated, can allow teachers to better prepare, ultimately improving teacher effectiveness, which is beneficial to the student, the teacher, local programs, and ultimately to Ohio business and industry.

If you need assistance purchasing, assigning, or activating pretests, please contact webxam@osu.edu.

WebXam Releases the December 2018 Newsletter

Released December 12, 2018, the December newsletter featured topics on:

  • Winter Pretesting Window Opens January 2nd
  • WebXam Cybersecurity Courses Now Open for Field Testing
  • Coming Soon: Changes to Test Activation
  • New Pathway Practice Tests for 2017-18 Project Year
  • Share Your Expertise – Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshops
  • Test Blueprints are Available
  • Teacher Review Workshops Now Available
  • CTE Program and Assessment Matrix
  • About the Tests

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the November 2018 Newsletter

Released November 13, 2018, the November newsletter featured topics on:

  • WebXam Announces Release of New Pathway Practice Tests for 2017-18 Project Year
  • WebXam Posting Cybersecurity Courses for Field Testing
  • WebXam User’s Workshop Recordings Available
  • Share Your Expertise – Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshops
  • Test Blueprints are Available
  • Teacher Review Workshops Now Available

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases October 2018 Newsletter

Released 10/14/18, the October newsletter featured topics on:

  • Practice Tests, Field Tests, and Posttests Released on 10/1/18
  • WebXam User’s Workshop Recording Now Available
  • We’re Still Looking for Engineering & Manufacturing SMEs!
  • Test Blueprints are Available
  • Contest Opportunity for STEM Teachers
  • Teacher Review Workshops Now Available

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Experiences Landmark Fall Pretesting Window

Every August, WebXam, the online testing portal maintained by the CETE Assessment Services Team, launches a one-month fall pretesting window. This window also occurs in January although the fall window is by far more popular.  During this window, CTE educators have the option to administer course pretests to their students as part of the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). These tests, under Category B use in OTES, support evaluation of teacher effectiveness in terms of gain from pretests to post-tests. Under Category C (local usage) pretests can be utilized with Student Learning Objectives or SLO to tailor courses more closely to standards and competencies that guide those objectives and to demonstrate gain.

During the 2018-19 fall pretesting window from August to mid-September, WebXam delivered the highest number of pretests given in this window since inception in 2014. A total of 48,561 pretests were given to 29,240 students (there are an estimated 125,000 participants in Ohio CTE programming). Comparing the fall pretesting totals of last year (41,270) to this year (48,561) indicates a 15% increase. In fact, this number is only 47 pretests different from the total number of pretests taken during the entire 2017-18 school year!

The top five courses for pretests taken in the fall window are as follows:

Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 1249
Medical Terminology 1248
Information Technology 1215
Engineering Design 1188
Patient Centered Care 1061

Why it Matters

While pretesting is currently optional for CTE programs, it is a great way to review knowledge retained by the student from previous courses to help teachers prepare their courses to allow students to be more effective during the current school year. It is a recognized way to document student gain. This documentation of student gain, as previously stated, can allow teachers to better prepare, ultimately improving teacher effectiveness, which is beneficial to the student, the teacher, local programs, and ultimately to Ohio business and industry.

WebXam Releases September 2018 Newsletter

Released 9/14/18, the September newsletter featured topics on:

  • Close of Fall Pretesting window
  • Post Testing Window Opening in October
  • WebXam User’s Workshop
  • Share Your Expertise in Cybersecurity – Be a SME!
  • Teacher Review Workshops
  • Teacher Effectiveness/Student Gain report

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.