Career-Technical Education FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

    How will students receive Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) credit if they were planning to retake a previously attempted WebXam?
    For the 2019-2020 school year, students will not have the opportunity to retake any previously attempted WebXams. To ensure these students have the same opportunity to earn CTAG credit, districts may report student grades from the aligned career-technical education course in lieu of the traditional WebXam assessment for any student leaving school with a diploma in the 2019-2020 school year, regardless of when that assessment was taken. The grade reported must be the grade earned in the course aligned to the end-of-course test the student planned to retake.  

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    Which students can use the alternative WebXam retake policy?
    Students who are leaving school with a diploma in the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to participate. Students not graduating in the 2019-2020 school year will have the opportunity to retake the WebXam in the subsequent school year.  

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    Can districts use the alternative WebXam retake policy in the future?
    No. At this time, reporting a technical assessment based on the course grade earned is a one-time flexibility option for the 2019-2020 school year. All students using this option should be reported with the assessment in the 2019-2020 school year reporting windows. 

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    How are student course grades reported in WebXam?
    To report student course grades in the WebXam system, follow the instructions in the Course Grade Reporting document

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    Where can districts find more information on EMIS reporting?
    Further information on EMIS reporting is available on the EMIS Manual homepage.  

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    Are students enrolled in, or using the retake provision for, Education Principles (350010) required to complete the portfolio component to earn CTAG credit (CTEDU007/OED007 - Introduction to Education)?
    No. For the 2019-2020 school year, students are not required to complete the portfolio to earn the aligned CTAG credit for the Education Principles (350010) course. The WebXam score, or course grade reported in lieu of the WebXam score, will make up 100 percent of the end of course examination score.  

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    Can students still participate in work-based learning experiences during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure?
    Continuing work-based learning experiences during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure is a local decision. Districts should collaborate with parents and/or caregivers and employers to determine the appropriateness of work-based learning experiences. If students are able to continue participating in the work-based learning experience safely, it may be determined students can continue working. The instructor or other school-based coordinator of the experience is expected to continue supporting and supervising students and may use remote technology such as phone calls and online visits to do so. 

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    Will students using work experience or work-based learning hours as a pathway to graduation be affected by the ordered school-building closure?
    For current freshman, sophomore or junior students, any work-based learning hours obtained during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure still will count toward future graduation pathways if all existing requirements for these experiences are met. Learn more here about work-based learning and graduation requirements for the classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and beyond. Please click here to review ongoing legislative updates regarding the graduation requirements for the class of 2020. 

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    What resources are available for supervising, evaluating and otherwise overseeing work-based learning experiences remotely?

    The Work-Based Learning Toolkit on the Ohio Department of Education’s website provides a number of editable templates and other resources for overseeing work-based learning experiences. Additionally, for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, all school districts in Ohio have access to a FREE CTE Manager account. CTE Manager is an online platform for designing, monitoring and evaluating work-based learning experiences. For more information on starting a free account, visit the CTE Manager website

    It is important to consider those students who may need additional support when planning for remote work-based learning supervision. The National Technical Assistance Center on Transition recently hosted a webinar focused on Providing Transition-Focused Activities Online and At Home, which included resources for continuing work-based learning. The Association for People Supporting Employment First held a webinar specific to Strategies for Providing Remote Employment Supports. Additionally, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities continues to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities counselors can virtually open new cases on behalf of students and make additional accommodations to assist students in exploring, finding and maintaining jobs. Schools can work with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities counselors to arrange these services for new students. 

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    How can students explore new work-based learning opportunities during Ohio’s ordered school-building closure?
    While some businesses and industries are adjusting work activities in response to COVID-19 and may have less availability for placement, many essential businesses and industries are looking to fill immediate needs in the workforce. Districts should reach out and connect with local grocery stores, pharmacies, warehouses, shipping and delivery services, etc., to develop timely partnerships that meet the safety and educational needs of students. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities also is posting a weekly Urgent Jobs List from employers statewide in immediate need of employees. When looking to develop partnerships with businesses for the future, consider the many resources available through SuccessBound Ohio, including guidance on effectively leveraging local Business Advisory Councils. 

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Last Modified: 5/21/2020 5:04:34 PM