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

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

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

Foundations of Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services

ODE Subject Code: 170342
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs

Firefighter I

ODE Subject Code: 170343
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs

Firefighter II

ODE Subject Code: 170344
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs

Emergency Medical Technician

ODE Subject Code: 170345
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 4. Emergency
4.3Anatomy and Physiology1.06
4.4Medical Terminology1.06
4.6Life Span Development1.06
4.7Public Health1.06
4.12Shock and Resuscitation2.13
4.14Special Patient Populations9.57
4.15Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations8.51
4.16Clinical Behavior/ Judgment8.51

The American Criminal Justice System

ODE Subject Code: 170911
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1REQUIRED Employability Skills: Develop career awareness and employability skills (e.g., face-to-face, online) needed for gaining and maintaining employment in diverse business settings.13.64
Strand 4. Emergency Medical
4.1Basic First Aid: Demonstrate skills in basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and use of Automated External Defibrillation (AED).9.09
Strand 8. Law Enforcement
8.1Evolution and Foundations: Describe the history of the American criminal justice system from its origins to modern day practice.22.73
8.7Behavioral Science: Describe the psychological and sociological theories of criminal behavior.12.50
8.9Criminal Law: Analyze and apply concepts of criminal law, procedure, and individual rights to the criminal justice system.21.59
8.10Court Systems: Summarize court systems, personnel, and processes and how cases move through the criminal justice system.10.23
8.11Sentencing: Summarize procedures and legal guidelines for criminal sentencing and other case dispositions and apply those in the criminal justice system.10.23

Security and Protective Services

ODE Subject Code: 170912
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.3REQUIRED Business Ethics and Law: Analyze how professional, ethical, and legal behavior contributes to continuous improvement in organizational performance and regulatory compliance.9.09
1.4REQUIRED Knowledge Management and Information Technology: Demonstrate current and emerging strategies and technologies used to collect, analyze, record, and share information in business operations.3.41
1.6REQUIRED Business Literacy: Develop foundational skills and knowledge in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business operations.4.55
1.9REQUIRED Financial Management: Use financial tools, strategies, and systems to develop, monitor, and control the use of financial resources to ensure personal and business financial well-being.4.55
Strand 2. Asset Protection
2.1Professional Private and Corporate Security: Describe basic skills and knowledge necessary for the professional private and corporate security officer.21.59
2.2Information and Product Security: Describe the role of corporate security in maintaining corporate computer security, protecting proprietary information and trade secrets, and preventing counterfeiting.20.45
2.3Fraud: Prevent and investigate fraud.17.05
2.4Retail Loss Prevention: Describe retail loss prevention.6.82
2.5Physical Security and Threat Assessment: Describe techniques used by corporate security to conduct physical security and threat assessment in a global business environment.6.82
2.6Securities Compliance Investigations: Describe the role of corporate security in securities compliance investigations.4.55
Strand 4. Power Systems
4.1Tool, Stationary and Mobile Equipment Maintenance1.14

Police Work and Practice in Public Safety

ODE Subject Code: 170913
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2REQUIRED Leadership and Communications: Process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information in a business. Develop leadership and team building to promote collaboration.6.82
1.5REQUIRED Global Environment: Evaluate how beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors influence organizational strategies and goals.5.68
Strand 8. Law Enforcement
8.2Use of Force: Apply the use of force continuum to control subjects and situations and maintain safety for all involved.20.45
8.3Traffic Procedures: Enforce traffic laws to respond to traffic-related offenses, control traffic, and investigate accidents.17.05
8.4Patrols: Conduct patrols to prevent, detect, and respond to crime and emergencies.17.05
8.5Surveillance and Detection: Describe and use surveillance and detection tools to deter, detect, and investigate crime.12.50
8.6Crime Prevention: Assist the community in preventing crime using the concepts of deter, delay, detect, and deny.9.09
8.8911 Telecommunication System: Process calls for assistance and dispatch first responders according to protocol.11.36

Investigations and Forensics in Criminal Investigations

ODE Subject Code: 170914
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 7. Investigation and Forensics
7.1Investigative Process: Investigate and document scenes, individuals, and incidents.18.89
7.2Interviews and Interrogations: Gather and analyze verbal and nonverbal information to investigate a crime.12.22
7.3Drugs and Toxicology: Describe the types of drug and toxicology evidence and identify the methods used for collection and analysis.11.11
7.4Blood and Fingerprints: Describe the collection, evaluation, and legal admissibility of blood and fingerprint evidence.17.78
7.5Financial Crimes: Describe financial crimes and investigation methods.14.44
7.6Forensic Science: Describe the history and role of the crime laboratory in analyzing forensic evidence and the conclusions that can be drawn through evidence analysis.11.11
7.7Forensic Science Specialties and evidence: Describe the scientific specialties utilized to analyze forensic evidence in criminal investigations.14.44

The Correctional System and Services

ODE Subject Code: 170915
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 3. Corrections
3.1The Correctional System: Describe the operation of correctional institutions and the management of inmates.19.54
3.2Incarceration: Describe the purpose and operation of correctional programming and post-release programs.13.79
3.3The Corrections Officer: Supervise inmates and secure correctional facilities.11.49
3.4Emergency Situations: Manage inmates in emergency situations.9.20
3.5Searches: Conduct searches of inmates, cells, and living areas.10.34
3.6Booking and Release: Admit, identify, classify, and release a prisoner in custody.10.34
3.7Medical Issues and Security: Manage inmates with medical issues and emergencies.6.90
3.8Suicide: Identify and manage potentially suicidal inmates.11.49
3.9Mental Health: Identify and manage inmates with mental health crises.6.90

Homeland Security Protecting America's Critical Infrastructure

ODE Subject Code: 170916
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 6. Homeland Security
6.1Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness: Analyze terrorism, human trafficking, and disaster preparedness and the role of homeland security in prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery.23.91
6.2Infrastructure and Border Protection: Describe the elements of national infrastructure and border protection.17.39
6.3Intelligence Gathering: Describe intelligence-gathering activities on threat analysis.17.39
6.4Hazardous Materials: Identify and describe procedures for reacting to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosive (CBRNE).28.26
6.5Emergency Operations Plan: Describe the all-hazards emergency planning process from development to implementation of an emergency operations plan (EOP).13.04

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