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

Information Technology

ODE Subject Code: 145005
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills8.42
1.2Leadership and Communications9.47
1.3Business Ethics and Law7.37
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology6.32
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards12.63
2.2Networking Fundamentals6.32
2.3Data Encoding2.11
2.4Emerging Technologies3.16
2.5Operating Systems5.26
2.6Installation and Configuration5.26
2.7Web Architecture7.37
2.8Databases7.37
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.32
2.10Equipment6.32
2.11Troubleshooting6.32

Web Design

ODE Subject Code: 145010
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies3.23
2.7Web Architecture8.60
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.45
2.11Troubleshooting9.68
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans5.38
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.45
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.6Network Protocols2.15
Strand 6. Web Development
6.1Webpages: Create basic webpages.21.51
6.2Links and Multimedia10.75
6.3Scripting3.23
6.4Web Forms7.53
6.5Websites15.05

Computer and Mobile Applications

ODE Subject Code: 145020
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.9Project Concept Proposal7.37
2.11Troubleshooting8.42
2.13Rollout and Handoff4.21
Strand 3. Information Security
3.2General Security Compliance4.21
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts9.47
5.2Computational and String Operations7.37
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures12.63
5.4Integrated Development Environment4.21
5.5Programming Conventions5.26
5.6Software Development Lifecycle15.79
5.7Configuration Management1.05
Strand 6. Web Development
6.2Links and Multimedia3.16
6.3Scripting2.11
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.2Multimedia Tools7.37
7.4Graphics7.37

Programming

ODE Subject Code: 145060
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.3Data Encoding2.20
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.59
2.11Troubleshooting3.30
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans4.40
2.13Rollout and Handoff5.49
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts15.38
5.2Computational and String Operations15.38
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures18.68
5.4Integrated Development Environment6.59
5.5Programming Conventions9.89
5.6Software Development Lifecycle6.59
5.7Configuration Management5.49

Object Oriented Programming

ODE Subject Code: 145065
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.3Data Encoding2.06
2.4Emerging Technologies2.06
2.9Project Concept Proposal5.15
2.11Troubleshooting1.03
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans5.15
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.19
Strand 3. Information Security
3.2General Security Compliance1.03
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts12.37
5.2Computational and String Operations9.28
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures23.71
5.4Integrated Development Environment8.25
5.5Programming Conventions11.34
5.6Software Development Lifecycle10.31
5.7Configuration Management2.06

Visual Programming

ODE Subject Code: 145070
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.3Data Encoding3.19
2.4Emerging Technologies3.19
2.9Project Concept Proposal5.32
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans5.32
2.13Rollout and Handoff7.45
Strand 3. Information Security
3.2General Security Compliance7.45
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts8.51
5.2Computational and String Operations7.45
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures15.96
5.4Integrated Development Environment8.51
5.5Programming Conventions5.32
5.6Software Development Lifecycle19.15
5.7Configuration Management3.19

Systems Analysis and Design

ODE Subject Code: 145075
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.53
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.3Data Encoding1.18
2.4Emerging Technologies3.53
2.9Project Concept Proposal17.65
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans8.24
2.13Rollout and Handoff5.88
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts14.12
5.2Computational and String Operations10.59
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures10.59
5.6Software Development Lifecycle21.18
5.7Configuration Management3.53

Database Administration

ODE Subject Code: 145080
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.3Data Encoding5.75
2.4Emerging Technologies6.90
2.8Databases16.09
2.9Project Concept Proposal8.05
2.11Troubleshooting11.49
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans10.34
2.13Rollout and Handoff2.30
Strand 8. Databases
8.1Data Modeling12.64
8.2Design and Creation9.20
8.3Data Entry and Access8.05
8.4Database Management9.20

Database Applications Development

ODE Subject Code: 145085
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies2.06
2.8Databases9.28
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.19
2.11Troubleshooting3.09
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans3.09
2.13Rollout and Handoff2.06
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.1Programming Concepts7.22
5.2Computational and String Operations6.19
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures13.40
5.4Integrated Development Environment5.15
5.5Programming Conventions5.15
5.6Software Development Lifecycle8.25
5.7Configuration Management3.09
Strand 8. Databases
8.1Data Modeling6.19
8.2Design and Creation7.22
8.3Data Entry and Access12.37

Game Design

ODE Subject Code: 145090
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.82
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans3.41
2.13Rollout and Handoff2.27
Strand 5. Programming and Software Systems
5.2Computational and String Operations6.82
5.3Logical Operations and Control Structures13.64
5.4Integrated Development Environment10.23
5.5Programming Conventions12.50
5.6Software Development Lifecycle17.05
5.7Configuration Management6.82
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.2Multimedia Tools20.45

Multimedia and Image Management Techniques

ODE Subject Code: 145105
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies2.25
2.7Web Architecture2.25
2.9Project Concept Proposal5.62
2.10Equipment3.37
2.11Troubleshooting2.25
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans4.49
2.13Rollout and Handoff4.49
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.1Interactive Media10.11
7.2Multimedia Tools11.24
7.3Production6.74
7.4Graphics11.24
7.5Typography6.74
7.6Animation5.62
7.7Video6.74
7.8Audio6.74
7.9Photographs10.11

Video and Sound

ODE Subject Code: 145110
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.9Project Concept Proposal5.56
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.1Interactive Media5.56
7.2Multimedia Tools8.89
7.3Production34.44
7.7Video27.78
7.8Audio16.67
Strand 10. Placeholder

Animation

ODE Subject Code: 145115
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies3.37
2.7Web Architecture5.62
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.74
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans3.37
2.13Rollout and Handoff3.37
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.1Interactive Media12.36
7.2Multimedia Tools13.48
7.3Production15.73
7.4Graphics14.61
7.5Typography6.74
7.6Animation14.61

3D Techniques

ODE Subject Code: 145120
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies3.19
2.7Web Architecture2.13
2.9Project Concept Proposal6.38
2.11Troubleshooting9.57
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans6.38
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.38
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.1Interactive Media10.64
7.2Multimedia Tools11.70
7.3Production13.83
7.4Graphics13.83
7.5Typography4.26
7.6Animation11.70

Interactive Application Development

ODE Subject Code: 145125
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.2Networking Fundamentals1.15
2.4Emerging Technologies1.15
2.7Web Architecture4.60
2.9Project Concept Proposal5.75
2.11Troubleshooting3.45
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans4.60
2.13Rollout and Handoff3.45
Strand 6. Web Development
6.1Webpages: Create basic webpages.6.90
6.2Links and Multimedia8.05
6.3Scripting3.45
6.4Web Forms8.05
6.5Websites12.64
Strand 7. Digital Media
7.1Interactive Media8.05
7.2Multimedia Tools10.34
7.3Production5.75
7.4Graphics10.34
7.5Typography2.30

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