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

Microbiology and Infection Control

ODE Subject Code: 174115
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills9.64
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.43
1.8Operations Management6.02
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.2Disorders of the Skin, Glands, Hair and Scalp13.25
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions12.05
3.2Principles of Infection Control31.33
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.2Chemical Texturing6.02
4.3Hair Coloring3.61
4.5Haircutting3.61
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.1Nail Care6.02

Trichology

ODE Subject Code: 174120
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.3Business Ethics and Law7.87
1.10Sales and Marketing4.49
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1The Human Body12.36
2.2Disorders of the Skin, Glands, Hair and Scalp24.72
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions7.87
3.2Principles of Infection Control8.99
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.1Perform Shampooing and Conditioning Services19.10
4.4Hair Styling Services14.61

Hair Fundamentals of Cutting and Styling

ODE Subject Code: 174125
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communications4.71
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.88
1.10Sales and Marketing1.18
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1The Human Body7.06
2.2Disorders of the Skin, Glands, Hair and Scalp3.53
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions3.53
3.2Principles of Infection Control4.71
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.1Perform Shampooing and Conditioning Services8.24
4.4Hair Styling Services25.88
4.5Haircutting32.94
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.2Skin Care Services2.35

Hair Advanced Cutting and Styling

ODE Subject Code: 174130
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.1Perform Shampooing and Conditioning Services10.71
4.4Hair Styling Services47.62
4.5Haircutting35.71
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.2Skin Care Services5.95

Hair Fundamentals of Chemical Services

ODE Subject Code: 174135
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions8.24
3.2Principles of Infection Control9.41
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.1Perform Shampooing and Conditioning Services9.41
4.2Chemical Texturing25.88
4.3Hair Coloring47.06

Hair Advanced Chemical Services

ODE Subject Code: 174140
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions7.06
3.2Principles of Infection Control10.59
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.1Perform Shampooing and Conditioning Services10.59
4.2Chemical Texturing29.41
4.3Hair Coloring42.35

Hand and Foot Treatment Fundamentals and Enhancements

ODE Subject Code: 174145
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.24
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1The Human Body7.06
2.2Disorders of the Skin, Glands, Hair and Scalp10.59
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions10.59
3.2Principles of Infection Control12.94
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.1Nail Care50.59

Skin Care Fundamentals and Enhancements

ODE Subject Code: 174150
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.3Business Ethics and Law11.63
Strand 2. Human Body System
2.1The Human Body19.77
2.2Disorders of the Skin, Glands, Hair and Scalp19.77
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions5.81
3.2Principles of Infection Control22.09
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.2Skin Care Services20.93

Salon Operations and Communications

ODE Subject Code: 174155
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.95
1.2Leadership and Communications9.52
1.3Business Ethics and Law14.29
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.57
1.5Global Environment5.95
1.6Business Literacy8.33
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs4.76
1.8Operations Management5.95
1.9Financial Management5.95
1.10Sales and Marketing8.33
1.11Principles of Business Economics1.19
Strand 3. Health and Safety Interventions
3.1Environmental Interventions13.10
3.2Principles of Infection Control8.33
Strand 4. Hair and Skin Services
4.2Chemical Texturing1.19
Strand 5. Nail and Facial Services
5.1Nail Care3.57

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