Category Archives: Announcements

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An archived version of this email newsletter is available here.

WebXam Upcoming Deadlines

  • April 5: Student bulk upload window closes
  • April 9: Last WebXam Teacher Test Review
  • April 26: Field testing and Teacher Effectiveness window closes
  • May 31: Post-testing window closes

All of the upcoming deadlines may be found on the WebXam Calendar located at: https://news.webxam.org/calendar/

<!– April 27, 2018 is the last day to give field tests (field test list). April 27, 2018 is also the last day to give paired post-tests for calculation of student gain (under WebXam reports) & teacher effectiveness level (districts submit teacher effectiveness level through eTPES). The last day to upload student data in bulk is April 6, 2018. Past this deadline, school district staff will not be able to use the data file processing tool and will have to enter students individually. –>

WebXam Continues to Post Record Pretesting Numbers

WebXam, the online testing portal maintained by the CETE Assessment Services Team, launches two one-month long pretesting windows. During the second window, which occurred this January, 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 winter pretesting window from January to February, WebXam once again delivered the highest number of pretests given in this window since inception in 2014. A total of 8,860 pretests were given to 6,888 students. This is an average of 1.3 test per students. Comparing the pretesting totals from last year (48,609) to this year’s numbers (57,423) indicates a 15% increase.

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

Information Technology 1744
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 1417
Business Foundations 1374
Medical Terminology 1364
Engineering Design 1263
Construction Technology 1131

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 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.