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

Computer Hardware

ODE Subject Code: 145025
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards15.96
2.2Networking Fundamentals8.51
2.4Emerging Technologies4.26
2.6Installation and Configuration10.64
2.10Equipment10.64
2.11Troubleshooting13.83
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans7.45
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.38
Strand 3. Information Security
3.5Wireless Security6.38
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.3Network Media9.57
4.13Disaster Recovery6.38

Computer Software

ODE Subject Code: 145030
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards11.58
2.2Networking Fundamentals4.21
2.4Emerging Technologies7.37
2.5Operating Systems11.58
2.6Installation and Configuration7.37
2.10Equipment8.42
2.11Troubleshooting7.37
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans6.32
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.32
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security5.26
3.2General Security Compliance5.26
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure3.16
3.5Wireless Security7.37
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.3Network Media5.26
4.13Disaster Recovery3.16

Networking

ODE Subject Code: 145035
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards8.42
2.2Networking Fundamentals12.63
2.4Emerging Technologies6.32
2.7Web Architecture3.16
2.9Project Concept Proposal3.16
2.10Equipment5.26
2.11Troubleshooting2.11
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans5.26
2.13Rollout and Handoff4.21
Strand 3. Information Security
3.2General Security Compliance4.21
3.3Network Security5.26
3.5Wireless Security3.16
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure5.26
4.2Open Systems Interconnection4.21
4.3Network Media5.26
4.4Wireless Communications2.11
4.5Wireless Network Solutions3.16
4.6Network Protocols3.16
4.7Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)5.26
4.8Network Architecture2.11
4.9Network Operating Systems4.21
4.13Disaster Recovery2.11

Network Operating Systems

ODE Subject Code: 145040
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards6.25
2.2Networking Fundamentals9.38
2.3Data Encoding1.04
2.4Emerging Technologies3.13
2.10Equipment6.25
2.11Troubleshooting5.21
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans4.17
2.13Rollout and Handoff6.25
Strand 3. Information Security
3.2General Security Compliance4.17
3.3Network Security5.21
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure3.13
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure4.17
4.6Network Protocols6.25
4.7Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)12.50
4.8Network Architecture2.08
4.9Network Operating Systems8.33
4.10Network Administration8.33
4.13Disaster Recovery4.17

Network Management

ODE Subject Code: 145045
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.4Emerging Technologies4.21
2.9Project Concept Proposal2.11
2.10Equipment2.11
2.11Troubleshooting7.37
2.13Rollout and Handoff1.05
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security5.26
3.2General Security Compliance8.42
3.3Network Security10.53
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure3.16
3.5Wireless Security6.32
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure2.11
4.2Open Systems Interconnection4.21
4.3Network Media4.21
4.4Wireless Communications3.16
4.5Wireless Network Solutions2.11
4.6Network Protocols3.16
4.7Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)7.37
4.8Network Architecture2.11
4.9Network Operating Systems5.26
4.10Network Administration7.37
4.12Wide Area Network5.26
4.13Disaster Recovery3.16

Network Security

ODE Subject Code: 145050
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards15.46
2.10Equipment4.12
2.11Troubleshooting8.25
2.12Performance Tests and Acceptance Plans2.06
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security5.15
3.2General Security Compliance10.31
3.3Network Security7.22
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure5.15
3.5Wireless Security6.19
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.4Wireless Communications3.09
4.5Wireless Network Solutions6.19
4.6Network Protocols8.25
4.8Network Architecture1.03
4.9Network Operating Systems3.09
4.10Network Administration11.34
4.13Disaster Recovery3.09

Routing and Switching

ODE Subject Code: 145055
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.2Networking Fundamentals4.12
2.3Data Encoding1.03
2.10Equipment3.09
2.11Troubleshooting7.22
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security3.09
3.3Network Security8.25
3.5Wireless Security3.09
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure2.06
4.2Open Systems Interconnection9.28
4.3Network Media6.19
4.4Wireless Communications1.03
4.5Wireless Network Solutions6.19
4.6Network Protocols9.28
4.7Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)9.28
4.8Network Architecture5.15
4.10Network Administration6.19
4.12Wide Area Network14.43
4.13Disaster Recovery1.03

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

Cybersecurity

ODE Subject Code: 146005
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.12Cyber Hygiene5.49
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards7.69
2.4Emerging Technologies3.30
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security6.59
3.2General Security Compliance3.30
3.3Network Security4.40
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure2.20
3.5Wireless Security5.49
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure5.49
4.2Open Systems Interconnection4.40
4.3Network Media7.69
4.4Wireless Communications3.30
4.5Wireless Network Solutions5.49
4.7Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)5.49
Strand 9. Cybersecurity
9.1Cybersecurity5.49
9.3Application Development Security4.40
9.5Threat Management5.49
9.7Digital Forensics5.49
9.8Countermeasures8.79

Cybersecurity Defense and Reinforcement

ODE Subject Code: 146010
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.12Cyber Hygiene4.35
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards7.61
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security2.17
3.2General Security Compliance5.43
3.3Network Security3.26
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure2.17
3.5Wireless Security6.52
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.5Wireless Network Solutions1.09
4.6Network Protocols2.17
4.11Cloud Computing1.09
4.13Disaster Recovery2.17
Strand 9. Cybersecurity
9.1Cybersecurity5.43
9.2Access Control and Asset Security7.61
9.3Application Development Security6.52
9.4Setup a Secure Network11.96
9.5Threat Management5.43
9.6Cybersecurity Law2.17
9.7Digital Forensics5.43
9.8Countermeasures11.96
9.9Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity2.17
9.10Risk Management3.26

Cybersecurity Testing and Response

ODE Subject Code: 146015
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.12Cyber Hygiene4.26
Strand 2. IT Fundamentals
2.1Security, Risks, and Safeguards11.70
2.4Emerging Technologies4.26
Strand 3. Information Security
3.1Components of Information Security4.26
3.2General Security Compliance3.19
3.3Network Security4.26
3.4Multilayer Defense Structure4.26
3.5Wireless Security9.57
Strand 4. Infrastructure Systems
4.1Network Infrastructure4.26
4.2Open Systems Interconnection3.19
4.3Network Media2.13
4.4Wireless Communications2.13
4.5Wireless Network Solutions3.19
Strand 9. Cybersecurity
9.1Cybersecurity6.38
9.3Application Development Security6.38
9.5Threat Management6.38
9.7Digital Forensics9.57
9.8Countermeasures6.38
9.10Risk Management4.26

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