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

Construction Technology- Core and Sustainable Construction

ODE Subject Code: 178000
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills8.64
1.2Leadership and Communications7.41
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.94
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.23
1.5Global Environment4.94
1.6Business Literacy2.47
1.9Financial Management3.70
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety19.75
2.2Personal Safety6.17
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings7.41
6.5Construction Math11.11
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.1Construction Scheduling7.41
7.2Field Organization7.41
7.5Maintenance Operations7.41

Carpentry and Masonry Technical Skills

ODE Subject Code: 178001
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety2.22
2.2Personal Safety2.22
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.1Brick, Block and Concrete13.33
3.2Site Management5.56
3.4Floor Framing13.33
3.5Wall Framing13.33
3.6Roof Framing13.33
3.7Exterior Finish Work6.67
3.8Stairs14.44
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings7.78
6.5Construction Math7.78

Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Systems

ODE Subject Code: 178002
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety6.90
2.2Personal Safety8.05
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance2.30
Strand 4. Electrical
4.1Electrical Theory5.75
4.2Circuits8.05
4.4Low Voltage Systems5.75
4.5Electrical Wiring8.05
Strand 5. Environmental Systems and Plumbing
5.1Refrigeration6.90
5.2Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Systems Installation8.05
5.3Service Maintenance5.75
5.6Sheet Metal8.05
5.7Drainage5.75
5.8Water Systems9.20
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings5.75
6.5Construction Math5.75

Construction Electrical Systems

ODE Subject Code: 178007
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety5.88
2.2Personal Safety4.71
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance4.71
Strand 4. Electrical
4.1Electrical Theory29.41
4.2Circuits8.24
4.3Codes and Regulations7.06
4.5Electrical Wiring18.82
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings10.59
6.5Construction Math10.59

Heating and Cooling Systems

ODE Subject Code: 178012
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety7.50
2.2Personal Safety2.50
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance6.25
Strand 5. Environmental Systems and Plumbing
5.2Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Systems Installation40.00
5.3Service Maintenance23.75
5.5Boiler Systems2.50
5.9Fuel Piping5.00
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings5.00
6.5Construction Math7.50

Construction Safety and Crew Leadership

ODE Subject Code: 178018
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communications2.33
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.49
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety12.79
2.2Personal Safety10.47
2.3Equipment Operation11.63
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance5.81
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.3Excavation11.63
3.10Remodeling10.47
Strand 4. Electrical
4.3Codes and Regulations8.14
Strand 5. Environmental Systems and Plumbing
5.8Water Systems2.33
5.9Fuel Piping2.33
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.4Custodial Operations10.47
7.5Maintenance Operations8.14

Plan Reading

ODE Subject Code: 178019
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.22
1.2Leadership and Communication5.15
1.3Business Ethics and Law6.19
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology5.15
1.5Global Environment2.06
1.12Cyber Hygiene2.06
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.2Personal Safety12.37
2.3Equipment Operation3.09
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.2Site Management9.52
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.2Site Management8.25
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.1Proposals20.24
6.4Construction Drawings45.24
6.5Construction Math25.00
Strand 6. Construction Management and Jobsite Maintenance
6.1Construction Math12.37
6.2Construction Drawings13.40
6.3Construction Estimating12.37
Strand 7. Planning and Design
7.1Proposals6.19
7.3Drafting4.12

Architecture Design - Structural and Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing

ODE Subject Code: 178020
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs

Architecture Design - Site and Foundation Plans

ODE Subject Code: 178021
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills100.00

Construction Management

ODE Subject Code: 178022
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.71
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.18
1.6Business Literacy2.35
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs3.53
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety18.82
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.2Site Management14.12
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.1Proposals11.76
6.2Community Planning5.88
6.5Construction Math14.12
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.1Construction Scheduling5.88
7.2Field Organization17.65

Remodeling/Renovation

ODE Subject Code: 178023
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety10.47
2.2Personal Safety5.81
2.3Equipment Operation4.65
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.2Site Management2.33
3.10Remodeling23.26
Strand 5. Environmental Systems and Plumbing
5.4Energy Audit4.65
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings34.88
6.5Construction Math8.14
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.2Field Organization5.81

Facility and Building Maintenance

ODE Subject Code: 178024
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety9.68
2.2Personal Safety7.53
2.3Equipment Operation2.15
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance17.20
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.7Exterior Finish Work29.03
3.9Interior Finish Work5.38
Strand 5. Environmental Systems and Plumbing
5.5Boiler Systems2.15
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.4Construction Drawings26.88

Custodial Services

ODE Subject Code: 178025
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.66
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.22
1.8Operations Management3.66
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety28.05
2.2Personal Safety6.10
2.3Equipment Operation3.66
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance3.66
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.5Construction Math3.66
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.3Floor Maintenance21.95
7.4Custodial Operations20.73
7.5Maintenance Operations3.66

Heavy Equipment Operations

ODE Subject Code: 178026
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety25.00
2.2Personal Safety11.90
2.3Equipment Operation15.48
2.4Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance13.10
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.3Excavation34.52

Construction Site Preparation

ODE Subject Code: 178027
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety21.33
2.2Personal Safety4.00
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.1Brick, Block and Concrete12.00
3.2Site Management9.33
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.3Drafting5.33
6.4Construction Drawings20.00
6.5Construction Math10.67
Strand 7. Construction and Facility Management
7.1Construction Scheduling5.33
7.2Field Organization12.00

Interior Design

ODE Subject Code: 178028
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety6.67
2.2Personal Safety3.33
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.8Stairs18.89
3.9Interior Finish Work22.22
3.10Remodeling15.56
Strand 4. Electrical
4.3Codes and Regulations7.78
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.1Proposals3.33
6.3Drafting5.56
6.4Construction Drawings10.00
6.5Construction Math6.67

Principles of Woods Construction

ODE Subject Code: 178030
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety17.89
2.2Personal Safety10.53
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.4Floor Framing9.47
3.5Wall Framing25.26
3.6Roof Framing9.47
3.7Exterior Finish Work3.16
3.9Interior Finish Work10.53
3.10Remodeling3.16
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.1Proposals3.16
6.5Construction Math7.37

Fundamentals of Architecture

ODE Subject Code: 178040
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Equipment
2.1Site Safety12.63
2.2Personal Safety9.47
Strand 3. Structural Construction
3.2Site Management5.26
3.3Excavation8.42
3.4Floor Framing3.16
3.5Wall Framing13.68
3.6Roof Framing6.32
3.7Exterior Finish Work3.16
3.8Stairs3.16
3.9Interior Finish Work5.26
Strand 6. Planning and Design
6.3Drafting8.42
6.4Construction Drawings10.53
6.5Construction Math10.53

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