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About Test Blueprints

Test blueprints are created to provide guidance to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) during the item writing phase of test development. In addition, we believe that they can assist those instructors who did not participate in item writing (and administrators) to understand the broad content of the item bank. Items are formally allocated across a course outline in a three-step process*:

  1. CETE psychometricians send a survey starting in the summer prior to item writing and until the item bank is written. The survey asks teachers to identify competencies they deem to be most important within the course as well as the difficulty level of writing items to each competency. Survey data is used to create a suggested blueprint for review by the Ohio Department of Education program specialists and SMEs.
  2. SMEs review the blueprint as a large group before item writing for a specific EOC test. There and in small groups, SMEs review the course outline and have the ability to make changes to the blueprint with a documented rationale based on their experience and expertise.
  3. Any revisions during small group work must be approved by the larger panel of SMEs attending an item writing workshop, as well as the program specialist from the Ohio Department of Education, which is the last step and produces the final blueprint which is summarized in this document.

Test blueprints can provide high-level guidance to instructors on preparing students for testing. It is important to keep in mind that the blueprint is a tool that is used when developing the test item bank during initial item writing and test creation. As with all tests, the End-of-Course test forms are a sample of the item bank.

Interpreting the Blueprints

Test blueprints display the total number of test items SMEs planned to write to a particular outcome (as designated in the course outline created by the Ohio Department of Education Office of Career-Technical Education or by a vendor). The blueprint describes structure of the item bank which is the total pool of test items created. Final test forms of 40-items are created from the item bank.

* This newer process for producing test blueprints was implemented October 1, 2015. Item banks created prior to this date were completed under a different blueprint process and therefore we are looking backward to provide the structure of the item bank. As revisions are completed for those career fields, for example Information Technology (2017-18), the blueprint process used will be the newer model. Learn more at cete.osu.edu/expertise/assessment

Test Blueprints

Arts and Communication Primer

ODE Subject Code: 340001
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.38
1.2Leadership and Communications3.23
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.23
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.23
1.5Global Environment3.23
1.6Business Literacy4.30
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs3.23
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles7.53
2.4Visual Layouts3.23
2.5Typography3.23
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing5.38
3.2Entertainment-based Writing2.15
3.3Fact-based Writing3.23
3.4Market-based Writing2.15
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds3.23
4.2Audio Capturing4.30
4.5Photography5.38
4.6Videography4.30
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.8Binding and Finishing4.30
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management4.30
6.5Web Page Design3.23
Strand 7. Performance
7.1Interrelationships3.23
7.2Genres3.23
7.6Music Elements3.23
7.13Costuming3.23
7.14Performance Demands2.15
7.15Rehearsal and Audition3.23

Business of Arts and Communication

ODE Subject Code: 340006
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.75
1.2Leadership and Communications3.45
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.05
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.60
1.5Global Environment2.30
1.6Business Literacy5.75
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs9.20
1.8Operations Management8.05
1.9Financial Management17.24
1.10Sales and Marketing10.34
1.11Principles of Business Economics3.45
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing5.75
3.2Entertainment-based Writing3.45
3.3Fact-based Writing2.30
3.4Market-based Writing5.75
Strand 7. Performance
7.11Production Management4.60

Media Arts Primer

ODE Subject Code: 340110
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.05
1.2Leadership and Communications1.05
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.11
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.05
1.10Sales and Marketing2.11
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles4.21
2.2Color Theory5.26
2.4Visual Layouts6.32
2.5Typography6.32
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing4.21
3.2Entertainment-based Writing4.21
3.3Fact-based Writing8.42
3.4Market-based Writing4.21
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds4.21
4.2Audio Capturing6.32
4.5Photography10.53
4.6Videography9.47
4.7Audio/Video Editing5.26
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management9.47
6.2Scanning4.21

Media Arts Writing

ODE Subject Code: 340115
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.23
1.2Leadership and Communications10.75
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.15
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology5.38
1.5Global Environment5.38
1.6Business Literacy4.30
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs2.15
1.10Sales and Marketing3.23
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.08
Strand 2. Design
2.4Visual Layouts2.15
2.5Typography3.23
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing7.53
3.2Entertainment-based Writing7.53
3.3Fact-based Writing16.13
3.4Market-based Writing12.90
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management3.23
6.5Web Page Design3.23
Strand 7. Performance
7.2Genres4.30
7.14Performance Demands2.15

Digital Image Editing

ODE Subject Code: 340120
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communications4.65
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.81
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.49
1.5Global Environment3.49
1.6Business Literacy2.33
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs1.16
1.8Operations Management2.33
1.10Sales and Marketing2.33
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles5.81
2.2Color Theory8.14
2.3Art Forms5.81
2.4Visual Layouts5.81
2.5Typography10.47
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing2.33
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.1Files Preflight2.33
5.5Digital Print Methods2.33
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management9.30
6.2Scanning4.65
6.3Graphics5.81
6.4Animation2.33
6.5Web Page Design5.81
Strand 7. Performance
7.14Performance Demands3.49

Motion Graphics

ODE Subject Code: 340125
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.78
1.2Leadership and Communications2.22
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.22
1.5Global Environment2.22
1.6Business Literacy2.22
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs1.11
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles2.22
2.2Color Theory16.67
2.4Visual Layouts3.33
2.5Typography2.22
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing6.67
3.4Market-based Writing1.11
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.5Photography3.33
4.7Audio/Video Editing6.67
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management4.44
6.2Scanning4.44
6.3Graphics4.44
6.4Animation11.11
6.5Web Page Design15.56

Audio Broadcast

ODE Subject Code: 340130
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.38
1.2Leadership and Communications3.19
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.26
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.13
1.5Global Environment2.13
1.6Business Literacy3.19
1.8Operations Management1.06
1.10Sales and Marketing4.26
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing4.26
3.2Entertainment-based Writing4.26
3.3Fact-based Writing8.51
3.4Market-based Writing4.26
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds4.26
4.2Audio Capturing7.45
4.3Audio Operations3.19
4.7Audio/Video Editing4.26
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management4.26
6.5Web Page Design2.13
Strand 7. Performance
7.1Interrelationships3.19
7.2Genres4.26
7.6Music Elements2.13
7.8Musical Performance4.26
7.11Production Management5.32
7.14Performance Demands4.26
7.15Rehearsal and Audition3.19

Musical Engineering

ODE Subject Code: 340135
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.13
1.2Leadership and Communications3.13
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.21
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.13
1.5Global Environment2.08
1.6Business Literacy2.08
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs1.04
1.8Operations Management4.17
1.9Financial Management3.13
1.10Sales and Marketing1.04
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing2.08
3.4Market-based Writing3.13
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds9.38
4.2Audio Capturing15.63
4.3Audio Operations10.42
4.7Audio/Video Editing5.21
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management4.17
6.5Web Page Design3.13
Strand 7. Performance
7.6Music Elements6.25
7.7Musical Symbols4.17
7.8Musical Performance5.21
7.9Musical Composition3.13

Video Broadcast

ODE Subject Code: 340140
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.19
1.2Leadership and Communications2.06
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.09
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.03
1.5Global Environment1.03
1.6Business Literacy1.03
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs1.03
1.8Operations Management1.03
1.9Financial Management2.06
Strand 2. Design
2.5Typography2.06
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing3.09
3.2Entertainment-based Writing4.12
3.3Fact-based Writing5.15
3.4Market-based Writing3.09
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds4.12
4.2Audio Capturing5.15
4.3Audio Operations5.15
4.4Lighting7.22
4.5Photography4.12
4.6Videography16.49
4.7Audio/Video Editing8.25
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management2.06
6.2Scanning1.03
6.3Graphics1.03
Strand 7. Performance
7.11Production Management6.19
7.15Rehearsal and Audition3.09

Video Production

ODE Subject Code: 340145
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.27
1.2Leadership and Communications2.27
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.41
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.14
1.5Global Environment2.27
1.6Business Literacy1.14
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs2.27
1.8Operations Management2.27
1.9Financial Management1.14
1.10Sales and Marketing1.14
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.14
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles1.14
2.2Color Theory1.14
2.4Visual Layouts2.27
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing3.41
3.2Entertainment-based Writing2.27
3.4Market-based Writing1.14
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds4.55
4.2Audio Capturing10.23
4.3Audio Operations3.41
4.4Lighting5.68
4.5Photography6.82
4.6Videography11.36
4.7Audio/Video Editing4.55
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management6.82
6.2Scanning1.14
Strand 7. Performance
7.2Genres1.14
7.11Production Management11.36
7.15Rehearsal and Audition1.14

Photographic Composition

ODE Subject Code: 340150
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.30
1.2Leadership and Communications3.23
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.30
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.30
1.5Global Environment1.08
1.6Business Literacy3.23
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs5.38
1.8Operations Management2.15
1.10Sales and Marketing3.23
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles10.75
2.2Color Theory8.60
2.3Art Forms2.15
2.4Visual Layouts4.30
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing1.08
3.4Market-based Writing1.08
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.4Lighting4.30
4.5Photography24.73
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.2File Output1.08
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management3.23
6.2Scanning3.23
6.5Web Page Design3.23
Strand 7. Performance
7.2Genres1.08

Photography Production

ODE Subject Code: 340155
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communications1.10
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.30
Strand 2. Design
2.2Color Theory12.09
2.4Visual Layouts1.10
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.4Market-based Writing1.10
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.4Lighting13.19
4.5Photography42.86
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.2File Output6.59
5.4Printed Images4.40
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management1.10
6.2Scanning5.49
6.3Graphics1.10
6.5Web Page Design1.10
Strand 7. Performance
7.2Genres3.30
7.14Performance Demands2.20

Multi-Media Web Production

ODE Subject Code: 340160
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.44
1.2Leadership and Communications4.88
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.44
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology6.10
1.5Global Environment2.44
1.6Business Literacy3.66
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs2.44
1.10Sales and Marketing1.22
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.22
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles2.44
2.2Color Theory1.22
2.3Art Forms3.66
2.4Visual Layouts4.88
2.5Typography3.66
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing2.44
3.3Fact-based Writing2.44
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.2Audio Capturing1.22
4.3Audio Operations3.66
4.5Photography3.66
4.6Videography1.22
4.7Audio/Video Editing4.88
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management3.66
6.2Scanning2.44
6.3Graphics6.10
6.4Animation7.32
6.5Web Page Design18.29

Digital Cinema

ODE Subject Code: 340165
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.04
1.2Leadership and Communications1.04
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.17
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.04
1.5Global Environment1.04
1.6Business Literacy1.04
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs3.13
1.10Sales and Marketing1.04
Strand 2. Design
2.5Typography1.04
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing2.08
3.2Entertainment-based Writing3.13
3.4Market-based Writing3.13
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds3.13
4.2Audio Capturing12.50
4.3Audio Operations2.08
4.4Lighting11.46
4.6Videography15.63
4.7Audio/Video Editing12.50
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management3.13
6.2Scanning3.13
Strand 7. Performance
7.1Interrelationships2.08
7.11Production Management8.33
7.13Costuming3.13

Musical Concept

ODE Subject Code: 340235
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.82
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.20
1.6Business Literacy4.82
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs9.64
1.10Sales and Marketing1.20
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.4Market-based Writing3.61
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.1Science of Sounds4.82
4.2Audio Capturing3.61
4.3Audio Operations7.23
Strand 7. Performance
7.1Interrelationships3.61
7.2Genres3.61
7.3Basic Movement3.61
7.4Space, Time and Energy2.41
7.6Music Elements8.43
7.7Musical Symbols19.28
7.8Musical Performance3.61
7.9Musical Composition4.82
7.11Production Management1.20
7.14Performance Demands4.82
7.15Rehearsal and Audition3.61

Music Ensemble and Composition

ODE Subject Code: 340240
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.95
1.2Leadership and Communications6.82
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.14
Strand 7. Performance
7.1Interrelationships2.27
7.2Genres3.41
7.4Space, Time and Energy3.41
7.6Music Elements30.68
7.7Musical Symbols12.50
7.8Musical Performance9.09
7.9Musical Composition11.36
7.14Performance Demands3.41
7.15Rehearsal and Audition7.95

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