Career-Technical Education Assessment System

Secondary Career-Technical Education 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 career-technical education tests are developed and administered by The Ohio State University, Center on Education and Training for Employment through a proprietary system called WebXam©.


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Webxam retake Policy

WebXam end-of-course assessments  may be retaken in the same school year by graduating students after allowing for additional instruction time. This  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

Student that are not graduating in the current school year may take an end-of-course test once per academic school year (each school year begins July 1 and ends June 30). These students cannot retake a test within a single school year. Students do not have to retake the course, but can participate in remediation and then retake the test the following year.


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

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 College Credit Plus 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 Center on Education and Training for Employment in prior years. However, technical assessment pathway scores now include College Credit Plus course grades and industry-recognized credentials earned when reported in Education Management Information System. 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 career-technical education 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: 10/6/2021 1:57:38 PM