Preparing for End-of-Year Testing
As spring arrives, we encourage WebXam teachers and administrators to review the upcoming WebXam deadlines for the school year.
Upcoming deadlines include:
- The last day to upload student data in bulk is April 5, 2019. Past this deadline, school district staff will not be able to use the data file processing tool and will have to enter students individually (manually).
- April 26, 2019 is last day to offer posttests for school districts who are using the pretest and posttests to measure their students' improvement - student gain will not be available if the post test is given after this date.
- The last day for students to take field tests is April 26, 2019. Field testing is used to collect student performance data on tests, which requires an earlier close date to allow time for processing.
- May 31, 2019 is the last day for WebXam testing for all other tests.
It is important that test administrators plan for the upcoming dates as it is not possible for us to make exceptions.
All WebXam deadlines are available at the WebXam Calendar.
WebXam Update: Graduation Year Field Now Available (BETA)
WebXam staff have listened to your requests and have updated the system to allow setting the student graduation year as part of the student record; this information identifies the expected school year of graduation or when the student did graduate. This information is can be set in the secondary student edit page or can be change via bulk action; the Testing and Pathway reports allow you to limit results by graduation year.
Engineering/Manufacturing Item-Writing Workshops
We are finishing up item-writing in March/April, with workshops in Welding and follow-up workshops as needed in Machining, Electronics/Robotics, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. If you are interested in joining us, please visit http://go.osu.edu/EM-item-writing and complete our registration survey or email CETE Recruiting. In addition to our appreciation, your participation can help your students succeed.
Validation Approaching for Cybersecurity and Engineering & Manufacturing
Validation of Cybersecurity items will begin in early April. If you are an IT instructor or professional, we are looking for subject-matter experts (SMEs) to conduct validation and standard setting for these three courses. If you are interested in participating, please contact CETE Recruiting to express your interest.
We're item-writing for Construction Trades Next Year - WE WILL NEED YOU
We will be creating new test item banks for Construction Trades in the 2019-20 school year! The general workflow is from alignment/revision of existing items in early fall, item-writing in fall/winter/spring, and finishing up with validation and performance standard-setting. If you’re interested in participating, please email CETE Recruiting. We’re looking forward to working with you.
What is a SME?
Last Teacher Test Review of Year
WebXam Teacher Review workshops allow career-technical education instructors a formal opportunity to review and comment on finalized WebXam tests. Teacher Review Workshops are held in Columbus, Ohio, throughout the school year. More information, including cost and registration, can be found at the link below. The last review of the year will be held on April 9, 2019. Seating will be limited. Register early to save your spot.
Reminder - No Pretesting for Engineering & Manufacturing in 2020
Staff reminds you that the pretests for Engineering and Manufacturing will not be available next year (2019-20) due to field testing of item banks now under revision. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teaching Professions Clarification on Education Principles Retakes
Technical support receives occasional inquiries about retaking Education Principles (350010) which has two scored components, an End-of-Course (EoC) Test and a Portfolio. If this course is not passed as a junior, it is possible to retake the assessment package as a senior. Due to the course score being a composite of the components the best strategy is to retake the EoC test and resubmit the portfolio as a senior (with any revisions suggested by assessors or an additional year of learning experiences). Rescoring will only take place if both the test and portfolio are resubmitted in the same year.