About the Tests

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

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

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

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

Visual Design Primer

ODE Subject Code: 340310
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills8.42
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.05
1.10Sales and Marketing1.05
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles9.47
2.2Color Theory13.68
2.3Art Forms6.32
2.4Visual Layouts9.47
2.5Typography10.53
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing4.21
3.4Market-based Writing4.21
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.4Printed Images5.26
5.5Digital Print Methods6.32
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management6.32
6.2Scanning3.16
6.3Graphics5.26
6.5Web Page Design5.26

Visual Creation

ODE Subject Code: 340315
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.78
1.2Leadership and Communications3.33
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.44
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.44
1.5Global Environment1.11
1.6Business Literacy1.11
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs1.11
1.8Operations Management2.22
1.10Sales and Marketing3.33
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles8.89
2.2Color Theory6.67
2.3Art Forms6.67
2.4Visual Layouts10.00
2.5Typography11.11
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing2.22
3.4Market-based Writing4.44
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.5Photography4.44
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.1Files Preflight2.22
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management5.56
6.2Scanning4.44
6.3Graphics4.44

Digital Print Design

ODE Subject Code: 340320
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.74
1.2Leadership and Communications5.62
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.62
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.12
1.6Business Literacy1.12
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs2.25
1.8Operations Management1.12
1.10Sales and Marketing1.12
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.12
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles6.74
2.2Color Theory12.36
2.3Art Forms3.37
2.4Visual Layouts14.61
2.5Typography5.62
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing1.12
3.4Market-based Writing4.49
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.5Photography3.37
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.1Files Preflight6.74
5.5Digital Print Methods3.37
5.6Digital Production Printing1.12
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management1.12
6.2Scanning3.37
6.3Graphics6.74

Digital Media Art

ODE Subject Code: 340325
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communications1.05
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.05
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles6.32
2.2Color Theory14.74
2.3Art Forms2.11
2.4Visual Layouts10.53
2.5Typography12.63
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing1.05
3.3Fact-based Writing2.11
3.4Market-based Writing2.11
Strand 4. Audio, Video and Photo Imaging
4.2Audio Capturing1.05
4.4Lighting2.11
4.5Photography7.37
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.2File Output3.16
5.3Offset Image Control Systems1.05
5.4Printed Images2.11
5.5Digital Print Methods4.21
5.6Digital Production Printing2.11
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management5.26
6.2Scanning1.05
6.3Graphics4.21
6.4Animation2.11
6.5Web Page Design10.53

Visual Distribution

ODE Subject Code: 340330
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.23
1.2Leadership and Communications3.23
1.3Business Ethics and Law6.45
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles8.60
2.2Color Theory4.30
2.3Art Forms3.23
2.4Visual Layouts5.38
2.5Typography7.53
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.4Market-based Writing3.23
Strand 5. Print Production Process
5.1Files Preflight5.38
5.2File Output6.45
5.3Offset Image Control Systems4.30
5.4Printed Images6.45
5.5Digital Print Methods5.38
5.6Digital Production Printing6.45
5.7Screen Printing and Embroidery5.38
5.8Binding and Finishing4.30
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management3.23
6.2Scanning3.23
6.3Graphics4.30

Advertising and Communication

ODE Subject Code: 340340
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.19
1.2Leadership and Communications3.09
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.09
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.06
1.5Global Environment2.06
1.6Business Literacy2.06
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs3.09
1.8Operations Management1.03
1.9Financial Management5.15
1.10Sales and Marketing9.28
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.03
Strand 2. Design
2.1Art Elements and Design Principles7.22
2.2Color Theory6.19
2.4Visual Layouts5.15
2.5Typography6.19
Strand 3. Written Content Creation
3.1Career-based Writing12.37
3.2Entertainment-based Writing3.09
3.3Fact-based Writing3.09
3.4Market-based Writing9.28
Strand 6. Digital Design
6.1Content Management4.12
6.5Web Page Design5.15

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