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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

Foundations of Education and Training

ODE Subject Code: 350002
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills15.38
1.2Leadership and Communications15.38
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.30
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.20
1.5Global Environment3.30
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.1History and Philosophy28.57
2.2Education Systems13.19
2.3Professionalism8.79
2.5Human Resource Considerations9.89

Education Principles

ODE Subject Code: 350010
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills9.57
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.26
1.5Global Environment4.26
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.1History and Philosophy15.96
2.2Education Systems14.89
2.3Professionalism17.02
2.5Human Resource Considerations7.45
Strand 3. Learners and Their Development
3.7Cultural Growth and Development2.13
3.8Learner Characteristics3.19
Strand 4. Learning Environment
4.1Safe Environments3.19
4.5Responsive Environment5.32
4.6Stakeholder Relationships3.19
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.1Curriculum Planning2.13
5.2Instructional Planning2.13
5.4Instructional Implementation2.13
Strand 7. Observation and Assessment
7.1Observation and Assessment Foundations2.13
7.3Assessment1.06

Educational Assessment

ODE Subject Code: 350015
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.26
1.2Leadership and Communications4.26
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.19
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.19
1.8Operations Management2.13
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.3Professionalism3.19
2.4Operational Responsibilities2.13
Strand 3. Learners and Their Development
3.8Learner Characteristics3.19
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.1Curriculum Planning2.13
5.2Instructional Planning2.13
Strand 6. Technology and Online Instruction
6.3Online Instructional Design2.13
Strand 7. Observation and Assessment
7.1Observation and Assessment Foundations11.70
7.2Observation19.15
7.3Assessment14.89
7.4Test Analysis10.64
7.5Data Applications11.70

Curriculum and Instruction for Teaching Professions

ODE Subject Code: 350020
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.30
1.2Leadership and Communications6.59
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.30
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.40
1.8Operations Management4.40
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.4Operational Responsibilities5.49
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.1Curriculum Planning8.79
5.2Instructional Planning10.99
5.3Resources8.79
5.4Instructional Implementation12.09
Strand 6. Technology and Online Instruction
6.1Technology for the Learning Environment7.69
6.2Blended and Online Learning Foundations7.69
6.3Online Instructional Design9.89
6.4Online Implementation6.59

Classroom Management

ODE Subject Code: 350030
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.78
1.2Leadership and Communications8.89
1.3Business Ethics and Law7.78
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology7.78
1.5Global Environment5.56
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.3Professionalism8.89
2.4Operational Responsibilities3.33
Strand 3. Learners and Their Development
3.4Social and Emotional Growth and Development8.89
3.7Cultural Growth and Development1.11
Strand 4. Learning Environment
4.1Safe Environments4.44
4.4Environmental Design6.67
4.5Responsive Environment10.00
4.6Stakeholder Relationships6.67
4.7Classroom Management10.00
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.3Resources2.22

Child and Adolescent Development

ODE Subject Code: 350035
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.16
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.11
1.5Global Environment1.05
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.1History and Philosophy3.16
2.2Education Systems3.16
Strand 3. Learners and Their Development
3.1Growth and Development Theories7.37
3.2Cognitive Growth and Development11.58
3.3Physical Growth and Development7.37
3.4Social and Emotional Growth and Development12.63
3.5Language Growth and Development15.79
3.6Literacy Development7.37
3.7Cultural Growth and Development9.47
3.8Learner Characteristics6.32
Strand 4. Learning Environment
4.4Environmental Design1.05
4.5Responsive Environment2.11
4.6Stakeholder Relationships2.11
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.2Instructional Planning1.05
Strand 7. Observation and Assessment
7.2Observation3.16

Communities, Schools and Stakeholders

ODE Subject Code: 350225
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.14
1.2Leadership and Communications6.82
1.5Global Environment7.95
Strand 2. Foundations of Education
2.1History and Philosophy2.27
2.2Education Systems2.27
2.3Professionalism1.14
Strand 3. Learners and Their Development
3.2Cognitive Growth and Development3.41
3.4Social and Emotional Growth and Development5.68
3.5Language Growth and Development6.82
3.7Cultural Growth and Development13.64
Strand 4. Learning Environment
4.1Safe Environments5.68
4.2Healthy Environments Outcome2.27
4.5Responsive Environment12.50
4.6Stakeholder Relationships20.45
4.7Classroom Management2.27
Strand 5. Curriculum and Instruction
5.3Resources5.68

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