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WebXam Tests – 2020-21 Grade Substitution

In response to the ongoing challenges schools face due to COVID-19, the Ohio General Assembly passed an amended version of House Bill 67. HB 67 includes language that allows juniors and seniors to use course grades in place of or in addition to test scores for the 2020-2021 school year to meet graduation requirements. Please review the policy documentation on ODE’s Career-Technical Education Assessment System webpage.

Once details are finalized WebXam will announce and provide data submission templates and grade submission deadlines for participating school districts. School districts must provide the required data during the allowed timeframe to ensure proper reporting. There will be no additional windows for reporting grades.

End-of-course assessments are a way to assess technical knowledge and skill attainment by the students. Teachers can analyze end-of-course assessment data to identify student performance gaps. After identification of student learning gaps, teachers can provide interventions and remediation to students to close the performance gaps. Documentation of technical attainment can allow teachers to better prepare, ultimately improving teacher effectiveness, which is beneficial to the student, the teacher, local programs, and to Ohio business and industry. Schools should post-test juniors and seniors first, and if the grade substitution is advantageous for the student for the 2020-2021 school year, districts may use the grade substitution option.

WebXam Releases the February 2021 Newsletter

Released February 9, 2021, the February newsletter featured topics on:

  • Winter Pretest Window Closing
  • WebXam Tests – retake policy change
  • Construction Technologies Updates
  • Item Writer recruiting
  • Course Outline Changes for 175003 and 176007
  • WebXam 2020-2021 Calendar information

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the December 2020 Newsletter

Released December 16, 2020, the December newsletter featured topics on:

  • Winter Pretesting Window Extended
  • No Pretesting for Construction Technologies
  • Posttesting Reminders
  • Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshops
  • WebXam 2020-2021 Calendar
  • CTE COVID-19 Information

Correction:

In the December email newsletter the “Posttesting Reminders” article originally listed April 9th as the last day for posttesting for school districts participating in teacher effectiveness reporting. The correct deadline is April 23, 2021. Pretesting and teacher effectiveness are both optional. ODE does require post tests for Ohio’s CTE and FCS programs.

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the November 2020 Newsletter

Released November 19, 2020, the November newsletter featured topics on:

  • Posttesting Opening
  • Release of New Field Tests for 2020-2021 Testing Window
  • No Pretesting for Construction Technologies
  • CTE COVID-19 Information
  • Sharing Your Expertise
  • 2020 Test Security

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the October 2020 Newsletter

Released October 6, 2020, the October newsletter featured topics on:

  • WebXam User’s Workshop
  • Extended Pretesting Window
  • Posttesting available in November
  • WebXam 2020-2021 Calendar
  • CTE COVID-19 Information
  • No Pretesting for Construction Technologies
  • Share Your Expertise – Be a SME!
  • Participate in the Content Standards Survey

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the August 2020 Newsletter

Released August 18, 2020, the August newsletter featured topics on:

  • 2020-21 Calendar and Extended Pretesting Window
  • New window for Alternate Grade and Roster Uploads
  • Changes to WebXam for 2020-2021
  • No Pretesting for Construction Technologies
  • CETE WebXam Pretests on ODE Approved Vendor List

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the March 2020 Newsletter

Released March 24, 2020, the March newsletter featured topics on:

  • News About Important Deadlines
  • April 3rd Teacher Review Cancelled
  • Construction Technologies Item-Writing Workshops
  • Pretesting for Construction in Fall 2020
  • Validation for Construction Technologies
  • We’re item-writing for Health Sciences Next Year – WE WILL NEED YOU

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Releases the February 2020 Newsletter

Released February 24, 2020, the February newsletter featured topics on:

  • Teacher Review Workshops
  • Testing Accommodations Survey
  • Share Your Expertise – Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshops
  • Pretesting for Construction in Fall 2020
  • Welding Performance Assessment
  • Validation for Construction Technologies

An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.