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WebXam Continues to Post Record Career Tech Pretesting Numbers

WebXam has a pretesting window to assess CTE (Career Technical Education) students' prior knowledge in a course. In the winter of 2019, WebXam experienced more record numbers of students' pretesting.

CETE Assessment Services is Prepping for 2018-19 Item-Writing Workshops

The Assessment Services Team at CETE has begun the process of developing the item-writing workshops for the 2018-19 school year. These item-writing workshops are when subject-matter experts work to develop new items for exams CTE students take using the WebXam online testing portal.

2017-18: An Excellent Year for CETE Assessment Services

The CETE Assessment Services team wrapped up the 2017-18 item-writing year in June. Check out the results of a great year with this infographic.

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.