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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

Health Science and Technology

ODE Subject Code: 072001
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.19
1.2Leadership and Communications4.12
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.15
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.09
1.5Global Environment4.12
1.6Business Literacy3.09
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1Human Body Form, Function and Pathophysiology3.09
2.2Evaluate Body Systems3.09
2.3Medical Terminology9.28
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions7.22
3.2Health Promotion Interventions4.12
3.3Pharmaceutical Interventions11.34
3.5Nutritional Interventions3.09
3.7Dental Interventions4.12
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice7.22
4.2Therapeutic Communication and Interpersonal Skills3.09
4.3Pathogenic Microorganisms, Infection Control and Infection3.09
4.8End-of-life Care5.15
Strand 5. Bioscience Research and Development
5.9Clinical Laboratory Techniques and Procedures4.12
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy3.09
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security3.09

Human Anatomy and Physiology

ODE Subject Code: 072040
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1Human Body Form, Function and Pathophysiology43.90
2.2Evaluate Body Systems18.29
2.3Medical Terminology21.95
Strand 5. Bioscience Research and Development
5.3Microbiology Testing and Technology4.88
5.4Bio-Molecular Technology3.66
5.5Laboratory Standard Operational Procedures3.66
5.6Culturing3.66

Health Information Technology

ODE Subject Code: 072135
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.3Medical Terminology6.98
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions5.81
3.3Pharmaceutical Interventions5.81
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice5.81
Strand 4. Power Systems
4.1Tool, Stationary and Mobile Equipment Maintenance1.16
Strand 5. Bioscience Research and Development
5.8Biotechnology Research and Experiments17.44
5.9Clinical Laboratory Techniques and Procedures4.65
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy9.30
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security15.12
6.3Electronic Health Records and Coding 27.91

Health Information Management

ODE Subject Code: 072140
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1Human Body Form, Function and Pathophysiology9.41
2.3Medical Terminology8.24
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions3.53
3.4Emergency Interventions3.53
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice5.88
4.8End-of-life Care4.71
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy25.88
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security17.65
6.3Electronic Health Records and Coding 21.18

Billing and Coding

ODE Subject Code: 072145
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.3Medical Terminology17.72
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions8.86
3.4Emergency Interventions3.80
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice8.86
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy11.39
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security24.05
6.3Electronic Health Records and Coding 25.32

Medical Terminology

ODE Subject Code: 072150
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1Human Body Form, Function and Pathophysiology25.81
2.3Medical Terminology18.28
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.3Pharmaceutical Interventions7.53
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice15.05
4.3Pathogenic Microorganisms, Infection Control and Infection4.30
Strand 5. Bioscience Research and Development
5.3Microbiology Testing and Technology5.38
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy10.75
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security6.45
6.3Electronic Health Records and Coding 6.45

Medical and Dental Office Technology

ODE Subject Code: 072155
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.08
1.2Leadership and Communications3.13
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.33
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.17
1.5Global Environment1.04
1.6Business Literacy5.21
1.8Operations Management5.21
1.9Financial Management3.13
1.10Sales and Marketing2.08
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.3Medical Terminology12.50
Strand 3. Therapeutic Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions7.29
3.3Pharmaceutical Interventions5.21
3.4Emergency Interventions3.13
Strand 4. Assistive Care
4.1Scope of Practice4.17
4.2Therapeutic Communication and Interpersonal Skills4.17
4.3Pathogenic Microorganisms, Infection Control and Infection9.38
4.8End-of-life Care1.04
Strand 6. Health Information Management
6.1Health Information Literacy4.17
6.2Confidentiality, Privacy and Security6.25
6.3Electronic Health Records and Coding 8.33

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