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September 2021

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Pretests close
September 24, 2021!
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Pretesting closes soon!

The fall pretesting window closes on September 24, 2021. Pretests are recognized by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) as a method to help document student gain from beginning to the end-of-course. CETE is offering pretests as Category B (ODE-Approved Vendor) for this year (Student Gain and High-Quality Student Data).

NO pretesting for Health Science

We want to remind you that there is no pretesting available for any Health Science courses including Medical Terminology in the 2021-2022 school year, which has an impact on the Business, Agriculture, and Law and Public Safety career fields. These new item banks will be field testing this year. Please email us at support@webxam.org if you have questions regarding this.

Why Pretests are Important

Post Testing opens in October

On October 11, 2021, WebXam will release all available practice tests, posttests, and field tests. This date also marks the opening of the teacher effectiveness window for districts using pre and post tests for student gain measurements.

Teachers and administrators are encouraged to reference the FY21 and FY22 Assessment Matrix on ODE's website for guidance on which tests are available for your courses. WebXam's also offers additional information about each test and links to course outlines and test blueprints on the about the tests page.

Be sure to have your student rosters uploaded to WebXam and ready to go before the testing window officially opens. Review the roster uploads page to learn more.

2021 WebXam User's Workshop

Are you new to WebXam? You should join us for our annual User's Workshop, which will be held on October 12. If you are a new teacher or administrator, it's a great opportunity to learn more about using WebXam, the test development process, and the science behind testing. We are determining whether this event will be in-person or virtual; either way, we hope you can attend. More information, about the event will be posted on the WebXam User's Workshop webpage in the coming days.

Performance Assessments

Baking and Pastry Arts will be field testing performance assessments in the 2021-2022 school year, starting October 11th. This process will require students to demonstrate hands-on skill for their subject matter with a checklist and rating scale used to evaluate student performance.

Help create your tests - Be a SME!

We are actively recruiting for item-writing for Transportation Systems, which is set to start in October. If you are an instructor for this career field in any of the courses, we need you to help us write new items for new course tests. If you are interested in participating in these writing workshops, please visit http://go.osu.edu/ts-item-writing and tell us more about yourself. If you have questions or need any clarification, please contact cete-recruiting@osu.edu. Be sure to sign up today - SMEs are KEY to CETE!

What is a SME?

Item-Writing going Virtual

After a great year with virtual item-writing workshops in Health Science, CETE is going to continue with the virtual format for Transportation Systems using Zoom. Why VIRTUAL? That's easy - it benefits you, the SME! Less time away from your classroom, no need for a substitute, and the stipend is paid directly to you. To learn more, contact cete-recruiting@osu.edu.

Transportation Systems Blueprint Planning Survey

As part of this planning process for item writing workshops, we ask instructors in Transportation Systems to provide us with input on which content standards are more important for each course. If you are a Transportation Systems instructor who would like to participate in this survey, please contact Bridget McHugh at mchugh.159@osu.edu with your name and preferred email address to receive a link to the survey.

Teacher Review Workshops

WebXam and CETE staff are resuming Teacher Review Workshops in the 2021-2022 school year. Due to University policies, there is a limited number of spaces available and they are currently only scheduled through December. All University protocols must be followed for participation. Please see the link below for more information.

Teacher Review Workshops

WebXam Calendar is Live

The WebXam Calendar for 2021-2022 has been finalized and is now up on the News site. Be sure to note the pretesting and field-testing windows on your schedules. For more information about important testing dates and deadlines, see the link below.

WebXam Calendar

Test Security Rulebook

The start of a new school year is a great time to review policies and procedures. Be sure to familiarize yourself and any new teachers in your school with the WebXam Test Security Rulebook. Teachers and administrators who access the WebXam website to administrate or deliver tests are required to agree to the WebXam User Agreement, which includes acceptance of the revised Test Security Rulebook. Users will be prompted to confirm acceptance of these policies the first time they access WebXam each school year. The Test Security Rulebook can be found below.

Test Security Rulebook

Learn More About the Tests

CTE Program and Assessment Matrix

The CTE Program and Assessment Matrix is designed to help educators identify the tests required for their district's CTE pathway programs. Details about programs and their required assessments can be downloaded from ODE's website.

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About the Tests

WebXam's About the Tests page lists important details about the CTE tests currently offered in WebXam. Details include how many questions are in the test, if the test is in field testing, cutoff scores, if pretests are available, and what the rules are for passing the pathway test.

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Fall Pretesting Closes

Last day for pretests until winter window.


First day Field Tests and Finalized Tests Released

Post Tests are available for testing.


WebXam User's Workshop

More information can be found here.

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