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CETE Staff Present at the International Personnel Assessment Council

CETE staff attended and presented at the annual conference of IPAC (International Personnel Assessment Council) in Sacramento CA.

Technical Testing Project prepping for new year

The Technical Testing Project operated by CETE Assessment Services includes two key components: design of test items (i.e., questions) and delivery of tests for the Ohio Career-Technical Education (CTE) Technical Testing System. Test delivery also requires end-user support for the field, especially at peak times of the year, month, and day.

DOK Framework informs Ohio’s CFTCS

In June 2015, Sara Christopherson, director of WebbAlign from the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services (WCEPS), facilitated a Depth of Knowledge (DOK) workshop at the Center on Education and Training for Employment (CETE), which is housed in The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. The workshop supported CETE staff’s work to develop Family and Consumer Sciences standards (part of Ohio's Career Field Technical Content Standards [CFTCS]) guided by a consideration of DOK.

Using logic models as planning and evaluation tools

Experience suggests that logic models are used increasingly in evaluation and program development. Logic models provide professionals a tool for program planning and evaluation purposes. Logic model development services are available at CETE.

The 2014 GED®: A new era in high-school equivalency assessment

In January 2014, a new and highly anticipated GED® assessment was launched. This version of the test, which had previously been the only high-school equivalency assessment available to students, represents a massive shift in not only the content and delivery of the test but also its overall purpose. With a new focus on the Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness standards as well as an emphasis on task and text complexity, higher-order thinking skills, and technology skills, the GED® has morphed into a gateway for those seeking to enter postsecondary or workplace training programs.

Latest news on the WebXam™ assessment platform

Since 2001, CETE has provided quality services in the area of online assessment. School districts in Ohio and throughout the United States used WebXam™, a secure online system for the delivery, data tracking, and reporting of assessments of technical knowledge and skill, to test 90,000 students during the 2013–2014 school year.

Occupation/Job/Practice verification: What/Why/How?

The process of analyzing occupations, jobs, professional practices, and tasks results in the establishment of work and worker requirements for multiple purposes. Theories, tools, and techniques for conducting occupational analyses are rooted in education, psychology, engineering, and human resource management.

A successful year for Ohio’s CTE Assessment System: Pathway Testing Project

The statewide testing system, dating back to 1995, was built and operated by CETE for the Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Career-Technical Education. Since 2009, we have moved the focus of these content-valid tests of achievement to the pathway rather than the specialization level.

The changing landscape of high school equivalency assessments

In keeping with the mission of the Ohio Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) Professional Development Network (PDN), the PDN team has been building expertise in the content, complexity, and format of the new high school equivalency (HSE) exams in preparation for the creation and delivery of professional development and resource support for Ohio’s adult education professionals as they prepare students to succeed in achieving the updated credentials. Increased demand for testing opportunities, organizational reshuffling, and new standards have led to a more competitive marketplace for publishers and testing companies.

Ohio revises ABLE Teacher Professional Development standards

To help ensure quality and consistency among Ohio Adult Basic and Literacy Education (ABLE) programs, program staff members operate under a uniform set of standards. While recognizing variability in practice and structure among programs, a fundamental set of practitioner standards helps to guide the work of administrators, teachers, and support staff.

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