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Winter Pretesting Window Opens January 2nd

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Winter Pretest Window Opening

The use of pretests can help document student gain, along with the observations and measurements conducted directly by the instructor and other local district staff. The window for winter pretesting is January 2 through 26, 2018. As a reminder, students must take the posttest on or before April 27 2018, in order to receive a student gain calculation, which LEA must report to the state by May 15, 2018.

Posttests and field tests will still be available during the winter pretest window so it is important to activate the correct test.

To learn more about the pretests offered by WebXam, please follow the link below:

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The WebXam User's Guide Is Now Live

The user's guide for WebXam is now on the site and available for use. This user’s guide contains step-by-step instructions for many aspects of WebXam and will be a great tool to help you with any questions you may have. A quick start guide and learning video are also available.

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Test Update: Principles of Nutrition and Wellness

The WebXam test for 091225 Principles of Nutrition and Wellness including questions related to updated content standards is now live and available for activation. The test is currently in field testing (meaning there are more items on the test), but any pretest taken this school year will still be valid for Teacher Effectiveness rating.

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2017 Pretest-Posttest Survey

WebXam requests your participation in a brief online survey. Participants will be asked to consider the levels of teacher effectiveness as stated by the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) and provide judgments about how student gain from pretest to posttest links to different teacher effectiveness levels. The survey will remain open until late December.

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IT Item-Writing Workshops Have Begun

The item-writing sessions for IT have begun, but your contributions are still important. If you an IT instructor or professional, we are looking for subject-matter-experts (SMEs) in IT for the item-writing process for 2018. If you are interested in participating, please visit http://go.osu.edu/IT-item-writing and complete our registration survey. Your participation can help your students succeed!

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Teacher Test Reviews

WebXam Teacher Test Review workshops allow career-technical education instructors a formal professional development opportunity to review finalized WebXam tests. Teacher Test Reviews are held in Columbus, Ohio, throughout the school year. More information, including cost and registration, can be found at the link below. The next review is on January 12 2018, at CETE – visit the News website to check the calendar for other dates in February and March.

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Professional Development Offerings

CETE has a series of professional development offerings focused on the importance of testing, WebXam Quick start guides, and creating quality multiple-choice test items. These modules are free and located at: http://u.osu.edu/ceteassessment/pd/


Deadline Changes for Field Testing


Users of WebXam may have noticed a recent schedule change on the calendar which moved the last day for field-testing to April 27, 2018. The explanation for this is that there is change in graduation requirements, specifically Option 2 for CTE student graduation, and in the graduation dates for many high schools. CETE staff needs time to finalize the forms, and thus we recommended to the ODE Office of CTE that we move up the deadline. The deadline for CETE to post rescored field tests aligned with performance standards is now May 11, 2018. The last day for giving posttests remains June 1.

View the Updated Calendar


First day of winter pretesting
Pretests are available for winter window.


January Teacher Test Review
More information can be found here.


Last day of winter pretesting
Pretesting tests closed for the year.


February Teacher Test Review
More information can be found here.


March Teacher Test Review
More information can be found here.

Calendar dates subject to change. For most up-to-date info see calendar.