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

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

ODE Subject Code: 010225
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.42
1.2Leadership and Communications3.42
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.42
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.56
1.6Business Literacy1.71
1.8Operations Management1.71
1.10Sales and Marketing1.71
1.12Site and Personal Safety Procedures 17.09
Strand 4. Power Systems
4.1Tool, Stationary and Mobile Equipment Maintenance9.40
4.2Equipment Operations1.71
4.11Hydraulic Systems47.01
4.12Brakes3.42
Strand 6. Environmental Science
6.8Contaminants and Pollution Control1.71
6.9Hazardous Materials and Waste Management 1.71

Manufacturing Operations

ODE Subject Code: 175003
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills0.57
1.2Leadership and Communication0.57
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology0.57
1.5Global Environment1.70
1.6Business Literacy0.57
1.9Financial Management2.27
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.2Circuits1.06
2.3Codes and Regulations4.26
2.8Power Supplies7.45
Strand 3. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3.4Power Technologies11.70
3.5Pumping Systems4.26
3.6Mechanical Drives Systems5.32
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization7.45
5.3Computer-Aided Drafting and Modeling9.57
5.4Materials5.32
5.5Production and Process Design11.70
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation5.32
6.2Layout and Planning4.26
6.8Maintenance6.38
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety11.70
7.2Personal Safety4.26

Robotics

ODE Subject Code: 175004
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.11
1.2Leadership and Communication12.63
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.11
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.11
1.5Global Environment2.11
1.6Business Literacy1.05
1.9Financial Management2.11
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.1Electrical and Electronic Theory11.58
2.2Circuits9.47
2.3Codes and Regulations1.05
2.4Electronic Components3.16
2.6Digital Electronics2.11
2.7Cabling and Wiring4.21
2.8Power Supplies2.11
2.9Motors and Power1.05
Strand 3. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3.1Robotic Fundamentals21.05
3.2Robotic Operation17.89
3.7Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)2.11

Computer Integrated Manufacturing

ODE Subject Code: 175006
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.2Leadership and Communication3.13
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.04
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.13
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.4Electronic Components1.04
2.5Electronic Connections1.04
2.6Digital Electronics1.04
2.8Power Supplies3.13
2.9Motors and Power4.17
Strand 3. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3.1Robotic Fundamentals3.13
3.7Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)2.08
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.1The Design Process5.21
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization9.38
5.3Computer-Aided Drafting and Modeling14.58
5.4Materials4.17
5.5Production and Process Design9.38
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation5.21
6.2Layout and Planning4.17
6.5Turning5.21
6.6Milling5.21
6.8Maintenance4.17
6.9Computer Numerical Control (CNC)10.42

Digital Electronics

ODE Subject Code: 175007
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.32
1.2Leadership and Communication4.21
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.21
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.21
1.5Global Environment4.21
1.6Business Literacy4.21
1.9Financial Management3.16
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.1Electrical and Electronic Theory11.58
2.2Circuits10.53
2.3Codes and Regulations3.16
2.4Electronic Components10.53
2.5Electronic Connections6.32
2.6Digital Electronics21.05
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization6.32

Gas Metal Arc Welding

ODE Subject Code: 176000
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.26
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding17.89
4.2Metallurgy of Welding10.53
4.3Arc Welding Processes10.53
4.5Testing and Inspection7.37
4.6Cutting Processes10.53
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization10.53
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation10.53
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety6.32
7.2Personal Safety10.53

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

ODE Subject Code: 176001
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills9.90
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding21.78
4.2Metallurgy of Welding3.96
4.3Arc Welding Processes16.83
4.5Testing and Inspection6.93
4.6Cutting Processes7.92
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization14.85
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation7.92
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety2.97
7.2Personal Safety6.93

Flux Cored Arc Welding

ODE Subject Code: 176002
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.15
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding21.65
4.2Metallurgy of Welding2.06
4.3Arc Welding Processes18.56
4.5Testing and Inspection10.31
4.6Cutting Processes9.28
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization13.40
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation10.31
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety2.06
7.2Personal Safety7.22

Gas Tungsten Arc Welding

ODE Subject Code: 176003
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.25
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding20.83
4.2Metallurgy of Welding2.08
4.3Arc Welding Processes16.67
4.5Testing and Inspection7.29
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization13.54
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation7.29
6.8Maintenance9.38
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety7.29
7.2Personal Safety9.38

Machine Tools

ODE Subject Code: 176004
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.61
1.2Leadership and Communication6.52
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.35
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology7.61
1.5Global Environment4.35
1.6Business Literacy6.52
1.9Financial Management9.78
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation10.87
6.2Layout and Planning7.61
6.3Cutting10.87
6.4Drilling10.87
6.7Grinding6.52
6.8Maintenance6.52

Machining with Industrial Lathes

ODE Subject Code: 176005
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills6.32
1.2Leadership and Communication4.21
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.21
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.21
1.5Global Environment4.21
1.6Business Literacy4.21
1.9Financial Management1.05
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation6.32
6.2Layout and Planning5.26
6.3Cutting10.53
6.4Drilling8.42
6.5Turning15.79
6.7Grinding2.11
6.8Maintenance6.32
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety8.42
7.2Personal Safety8.42

Machining with Industrial Milling Machines

ODE Subject Code: 176006
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.38
1.2Leadership and Communication3.23
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.23
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.23
1.5Global Environment2.15
1.6Business Literacy1.08
1.9Financial Management2.15
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation7.53
6.2Layout and Planning4.30
6.3Cutting8.60
6.4Drilling13.98
6.6Milling17.20
6.7Grinding4.30
6.8Maintenance6.45
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety8.60
7.2Personal Safety8.60

Computer Numerical Control Technology with Industrial Mills and Lathes

ODE Subject Code: 176007
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills10.53
1.2Leadership and Communication10.53
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.05
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.05
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation15.79
6.8Maintenance10.53
6.9Computer Numerical Control (CNC)29.47
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety10.53
7.2Personal Safety10.53

Welding Technologies

ODE Subject Code: 176009
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.13
1.2Leadership and Communication3.13
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.13
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding12.50
4.2Metallurgy of Welding5.21
4.3Arc Welding Processes8.33
4.4Non-Arc Material Joining Processes7.29
4.5Testing and Inspection7.29
4.6Cutting Processes7.29
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation7.29
6.2Layout and Planning4.17
6.3Cutting8.33
6.8Maintenance5.21
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety8.33
7.2Personal Safety9.38

Fabrication

ODE Subject Code: 176015
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.21
1.2Leadership and Communication2.11
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.11
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.11
1.5Global Environment2.11
Strand 4. Materials Joining
4.1Physics of Welding4.21
4.2Metallurgy of Welding5.26
4.3Arc Welding Processes3.16
4.4Non-Arc Material Joining Processes2.11
4.5Testing and Inspection2.11
4.6Cutting Processes4.21
4.7Fabrication12.63
Strand 5. Pre-Engineering: Design and Development
5.1The Design Process5.26
5.2Sketching, Drawing, and Visualization9.47
5.3Computer-Aided Drafting and Modeling2.11
5.4Materials4.21
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation6.32
6.2Layout and Planning4.21
6.3Cutting4.21
6.4Drilling4.21
6.7Grinding4.21
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety4.21
7.2Personal Safety5.26

Industrial Maintenance

ODE Subject Code: 176020
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.05
1.2Leadership and Communication3.16
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.05
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.05
1.5Global Environment1.05
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.1Electrical and Electronic Theory5.26
2.3Codes and Regulations4.21
2.7Cabling and Wiring6.32
2.8Power Supplies2.11
2.9Motors and Power4.21
Strand 3. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3.1Robotic Fundamentals6.32
3.4Power Technologies8.42
3.5Pumping Systems4.21
3.6Mechanical Drives Systems5.26
3.7Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)4.21
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation5.26
6.11Quality3.16
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety14.74
7.2Personal Safety7.37
7.3Industrial Maintenance Safety6.32
7.4Industrial Maintenance Installation and Repair5.26

Industrial Robotics

ODE Subject Code: 176025
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.06
1.2Leadership and Communication8.51
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.06
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.06
1.5Global Environment1.06
1.6Business Literacy1.06
Strand 2. Electrical/Electronics
2.1Electrical and Electronic Theory9.57
2.2Circuits8.51
2.3Codes and Regulations1.06
2.4Electronic Components3.19
2.5Electronic Connections2.13
2.6Digital Electronics6.38
2.7Cabling and Wiring4.26
2.8Power Supplies2.13
Strand 3. Computer Integrated Manufacturing
3.1Robotic Fundamentals6.38
3.2Robotic Operation9.57
3.3Industrial Robotic Programming8.51
3.4Power Technologies4.26
3.6Mechanical Drives Systems2.13
3.7Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)5.32
Strand 6. Precision and Advanced Machining
6.1Measurement and Interpretation2.13
Strand 7. Industrial Maintenance and Safety
7.1Site Safety3.19
7.2Personal Safety1.06
7.3Industrial Maintenance Safety3.19
7.4Industrial Maintenance Installation and Repair3.19

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