WebXam Announces Release of New Pathway Practice Tests for 2019-2020 Project Year
Staff are pleased to announce that five new pathway practice tests (for IT pathways, including the new pathway CyberSecurity) have been posted for use by both teachers and students. These practice tests, each with 20 items, represent a sample from all the end-of-course item banks for that pathway. There are items from all courses included in the pathway. Please note that none of these items are included on the pretest or posttest - their purpose is to simulate the experience of the post-tests.
Available Practice Tests
DC and AC Electronic Circuits (175011) Available for Retake
The DC and AC Electronic Circuits (175011) subject code was retired this year and replaced by two new subject codes: 175100 (AC Electronic Circuits) and 175105 (DC Electronic Circuits). Students that tested in 175011 that need to retest can take the 175011 RETAKE test again this year. It is ONLY available for students that did not score at a proficient level in previous years.
WebXam User's Workshop Recordings Available
The WebXam User's Workshop was held at CETE in Columbus on October 9th. Video recordings of the webinar have been posted online for users who were not able to attend (segmented into specific sections). This workshop highlights navigating and using the WebXam system. Teachers and administrators new to the WebXam system are encouraged to watch, but the workshop will also serve as a worthwhile refresher for experienced users. If the matter is NOT urgent, viewing this recording is the first step our support personnel are likely to ask about when you call or submit an email ticket.
Share Your Expertise - Participate in Upcoming Item-Writing Workshop
We are going to be writing for Construction during the 2019-2020 school year. Workshops are in progress and we still need SMEs specifically in Plumbing, Masonry, and Architecture. If you are an instructor for this career field in any courses, we need you to help us write new items for new course tests. If you are interested in participating for these writing workshops, please visit http://go.osu.edu/item-writing and tell us more about yourself. Be sure to sign up today - SMEs are KEY to CETE!
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Test Blueprints are Available
Additional testing blueprints are now available for most tests at the WebXam About the Tests page. Prior to 2015-16, a different method was used whereas starting that year test blueprints were reviewed by the subject-matter experts at the beginning of the item-writing process and were used to determine the percentage of items written to each outcome. In both cases, however, the blueprints reflect the structure of the item bank at the strand-outcome level. Percentages on the blueprint are approximate, and do not reflect the exact percentage of items from each standard that are on the test. Blueprints are important because they allow teachers to build classroom activities around the course outlines knowing the distribution of the test items to the outcomes. The WebXam support team is working on a new version of this tool and will inform the field when it is available.
Teacher Review Workshops Now Available
WebXam Teacher Review workshops allow career-technical education instructors a formal opportunity to review-rate and comment on finalized WebXam tests (once per cycle of 4-5 years). Teacher Reviews are held in Columbus, Ohio, throughout the school year. More information, including cost and registration, can be found at the link below.