Career-Technical Education Assessment System
WebXam Special Updates
House Bill 67 End of Course Assessment Guidance
In response to House Bill 67, the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Ohio Department of Education are providing guidance for Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG) credit for junior and senior students who have the ability to use the course grade if advantageous for the student after taking the end of course assessment or if access to the course assessment is not available.
Please refer to the following documents for more information:
End-of-course assessments are a way to assess technical knowledge and skill attainment by the students. Teachers can analyze end-of-course assessment data to identify student performance gaps. After identification of student learning gaps, teachers can provide interventions and remediation to students to close the performance gaps. Documentation of technical attainment can allow teachers to better prepare, ultimately improving teacher effectiveness, which is beneficial to the student, the teacher, local programs, and to Ohio business and industry. Schools should post-test juniors and seniors first, and if the grade substitution is advantageous for the student for the 2020-2021 school year, districts may use the grade substitution option.
WebXam Tests – Retake Policy Change
The Ohio Department of Education and WebXam are pleased to announce that WebXam tests now may be retaken in the same school year by graduating seniors after allowing for additional instruction time. This change enhances opportunities for students to demonstrate technical skills attainment for the purpose of graduation and report cards. The policy for WebXam same-year retakes includes:
- Graduating seniors may retake most WebXam tests once in their final school year
- A retake must be scheduled at least 30 days after the original assessment was performed
- Field tests may not be retaken due to the length of the tests and earlier closing of the field test window
WebXam Testing Calendar Updates
The Ohio Department of Education and WebXam are pleased to announce that the WebXam Testing Calendar has been revised for the 2020-2021 school year. Several deadlines have been extended to provide flexibility for districts. The following additional windows have been extended:
- Rosters may be uploaded at any time through the end of the school year
- Post-testing window has been extended to June 11, 2021
- End-Of-Year Reporting has been moved to July 9, 2021
- Course Grade Upload Window for 2020-2021 grades for juniors and seniors will open on May 3, 2021 and close on June 25, 2021
Updated May 17, 2021
Secondary Career-Technical Education (CTE) programs require career field pathway end-of-course tests. A few pathway programs are awaiting development of end-of-course tests and are therefore using tests based on individual modules. All CTE tests are developed and administered by The Ohio State University, CETE through a proprietary system called WebXam©.
CTE PATHWAY END-OF-COURSE PRETEST
The use of pretests is recognized by the Ohio Department of Education as a method to help document student gain along with the observations and measurements conducted directly by the instructor and other local district staff. Note that only course-based pathways will have pretests, and that implementation will occur over several years as the test development process follows revision of Career Field Technical Content Standards and creation of course outlines.
Industry-recognized credentials may substitute course-level WebXam assessments where permitted. When a student is reported as having earned an aligned industry credential (test score of “P”), the industry credential will count as part of the calculation of a student’s pathway technical assessment. The average proficient score of the course-level WebXam assessment that the industry credential is replacing will be the test score used for the industry credential. For a full list of industry-recognized credentials that may be used in lieu of WebXams, please reference the CTE Program and Assessment Matrix. Please note, districts should report all industry-recognized credential attempts, regardless of score.
calculation of student summative pathway score
In order to allow for CCP course grades and industry-recognized credentials to be used in lieu of WebXams, the Department calculates student-level pathway technical assessment scores. The calculation will remain consistent with the calculation as performed by CETE in prior years. However, technical assessment pathway scores now include CCP course grades and industry-recognized credentials earned when reported in EMIS. Additional information on the calculation of pathway scores is available on the WebXam website.
Career-Technical education Assessments for Ohio's teacher evaluation system
Districts can use selected CTE pathway end-of-course pretests and posttests as Category B (Growth and HQSD) Ohio Department of Education-approved vendor assessments for determining teacher effectiveness ratings in Ohio's Teacher Evaluation System (OTES).
Last Modified: 6/14/2021 8:12:00 AM