In response to the ongoing challenges schools have faced due to COVID-19, the Ohio General Assembly passed House Bill 67 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.
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.
The Ohio Department of Education and WebXam are pleased to announce that WebXam tests now may be retaken in the same school year by graduating students after allowing for additional instruction time. This change enhances opportunities for students to demonstrate technical skills attainment for the purpose of graduation and report cards. The policy for WebXam same-year retakes includes:
Graduating students may retake most WebXam tests once in their final school year;
A retake must be scheduled at least 30 days after the original assessment was performed;
Field tests may not be retaken due to the length of the tests and earlier closing of the field test window.
Released December 16, 2020, the December newsletter featured topics on:
Winter Pretesting Window Extended
No Pretesting for Construction Technologies
Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshops
WebXam 2020-2021 Calendar
CTE COVID-19 Information
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.
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Info: All WebXam Construction Field Tests have been released and are available for testing as of 1/28/21.
As October wraps up and we move into November, an important date on the WebXam calendar is approaching fast. On November 2nd, all posttests and field tests will be available.
During the shutdown as a result of the pandemic, some of the test development process for writing new assessments in the Construction Technologies career field was not completed. However, this process has begun again and we are happy to inform teachers that the following tests are available for field testing starting November 2nd.
Construction Technology – Core and Sustainable Construction
Carpentry and Masonry Technical Skills
Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems
Structural Coverings and Finishes
Construction Electrical Systems
Residential Electrical Systems
Commercial and Industrial Construction Electrical Systems
Heating and Cooling Systems
Construction Safety and Crew Leadership
Heavy Equipment Operations
Construction Site Preparation
Principles of Woods Construction
Fundamentals of Architecture
These tests contain approximately 90 items, so it is important to schedule the appropriate time frame for students to finish the testing in one sitting.
When the shutdown occurred, we had a number of Construction courses that were not completed. These courses are not currently available, but will be made available as soon as they are ready.
Concrete and Residential Masonry
Plumbing and Pipefitting Systems
Residential and Commercial Plumbing Systems
Telecommunications/Low Voltage Systems
Alternative Power Generation Systems
Powerline/Hi-Voltage Power Transmission
Architecture Design – Structural and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing
Architecture Design – Site and Foundation Plans
Facility and Building Maintenance
If you are interested in participating in the item-writing process for these courses, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to complete your field testing before April 23rd, 2021.
For more information the testing schedule, please refer to the WebXam Calendar.