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

Outdoor Power Technology

ODE Subject Code: 010235
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.23
1.2Leadership and Communications3.23
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.23
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.23
1.6Business Literacy3.23
1.8Operations Management2.15
1.10Sales and Marketing3.23
1.12Site and Personal Safety Procedures 3.23
Strand 4. Power Systems
4.1Tool, Stationary and Mobile Equipment Maintenance10.75
4.2Equipment Operations3.23
4.3Engines11.83
4.4Lubrication and Cooling Systems3.23
4.5Fuel, Air Induction and Exhaust System6.45
4.6Ignition System1.08
4.7Transmission of Power1.08
4.8Starting and Charging Systems2.15
4.11Hydraulic Systems9.68
Strand 5. Structural Engineering
5.1Electrical Theory10.75
5.10Joining and Cutting Metals with Heat9.68
5.11Fabricating with Cold Metals3.23
Strand 6. Environmental Science
6.8Contaminants and Pollution Control2.15

Ground Transportation Maintenance

ODE Subject Code: 177000
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.49
1.2Leadership and Communications3.49
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.49
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.49
1.5Global Environment2.33
1.6Business Literacy3.49
1.9Financial Management3.49
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety5.81
2.2Personal Safety5.81
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance5.81
2.4General Maintenance12.79
Strand 3. Engine Adjustments and Repair
3.5Lubrication and Cooling Systems8.14
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.6Batteries9.30
4.8Lighting and Accessories12.79
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.1Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Performance3.49
5.8Wheels and Tires12.79

Ground Transportation Engine and Power Train

ODE Subject Code: 177001
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills5.95
1.2Leadership and Communications5.95
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.95
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology7.14
1.5Global Environment4.76
1.6Business Literacy3.57
1.8Operations Management3.57
1.10Sales and Marketing3.57
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety3.57
2.2Personal Safety3.57
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance9.52
Strand 3. Engine Adjustments and Repair
3.1Engine Cylinder Head and Block assemblies15.48
3.5Lubrication and Cooling Systems7.14
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.1Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Performance3.57
5.2Manual Transmission and Transaxle 3.57
5.3Clutches7.14
5.4Drive Axle Universal and Differentials5.95

Ground Transportation Electrical/Electronics

ODE Subject Code: 177002
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.61
1.2Leadership and Communications3.61
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.61
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.61
1.5Global Environment3.61
1.6Business Literacy3.61
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety6.02
2.2Personal Safety3.61
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance4.82
2.4General Maintenance6.02
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.5Electrical and Electronic Systems 25.30
4.6Batteries8.43
4.7Starting and Charging Systems13.25
4.8Lighting and Accessories10.84

Automotive Braking, Suspension, and Steering Systems (Undercarriage Systems)

ODE Subject Code: 177003
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.71
1.2Leadership and Communications1.18
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.35
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.18
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety5.88
2.2Personal Safety3.53
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance7.06
2.4General Maintenance3.53
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.1Hydraulic Brake Systems10.59
4.2Drum and Disc12.94
4.4Antilock Brakes10.59
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.5Steering7.06
5.6Suspension12.94
5.7Wheel Alignment5.88
5.8Wheels and Tires10.59

Ground Transportation HVAC

ODE Subject Code: 177004
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.33
1.2Leadership and Communications3.33
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.89
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.33
1.5Global Environment6.67
1.6Business Literacy3.33
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety5.56
2.2Personal Safety3.33
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance10.00
2.4General Maintenance15.56
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.9Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems36.67

Truck Braking, Suspension, and Steering Systems (Undercarriage Systems)

ODE Subject Code: 177005
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.76
1.2Leadership and Communications3.57
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.76
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.57
1.5Global Environment2.38
1.6Business Literacy3.57
1.8Operations Management3.57
1.10Sales and Marketing3.57
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety3.57
2.2Personal Safety3.57
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance4.76
2.4General Maintenance3.57
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.2Drum and Disc8.33
4.3Air Brake Systems10.71
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.5Steering8.33
5.6Suspension7.14
5.7Wheel Alignment8.33
5.8Wheels and Tires11.90

Automotive Engine Performance

ODE Subject Code: 177006
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.53
1.2Leadership and Communications9.41
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.24
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.53
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.2Personal Safety4.71
2.4General Maintenance2.35
Strand 3. Engine Adjustments and Repair
3.2Computerized Engine Controls16.47
3.3Ignition System15.29
3.4Fuel, Air Induction and Exhaust System36.47

Truck Diesel Engines

ODE Subject Code: 177007
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.53
1.2Leadership and Communications4.71
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.88
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.71
1.5Global Environment4.71
1.6Business Literacy2.35
1.8Operations Management1.18
1.10Sales and Marketing1.18
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety4.71
2.2Personal Safety5.88
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance8.24
2.4General Maintenance10.59
Strand 3. Engine Adjustments and Repair
3.1Engine Cylinder Head and Block assemblies11.76
3.2Computerized Engine Controls7.06
3.3Ignition System5.88
3.4Fuel, Air Induction and Exhaust System10.59
3.5Lubrication and Cooling Systems7.06

Sports/Recreational Power Systems

ODE Subject Code: 177008
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.57
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety5.95
2.2Personal Safety3.57
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance14.29
2.4General Maintenance22.62
Strand 3. Engine Adjustments and Repair
3.1Engine Cylinder Head and Block assemblies14.29
3.3Ignition System3.57
3.4Fuel, Air Induction and Exhaust System13.10
3.5Lubrication and Cooling Systems2.38
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.1Automatic Transmission and Transaxle Performance5.95
5.3Clutches2.38
5.4Drive Axle Universal and Differentials1.19
5.6Suspension1.19
5.8Wheels and Tires5.95

Collision Electrical and Mechanical Systems

ODE Subject Code: 177009
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.70
1.2Leadership and Communications2.47
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.47
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.47
1.6Business Literacy2.47
1.10Sales and Marketing4.94
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety9.88
2.2Personal Safety4.94
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance3.70
2.4General Maintenance6.17
Strand 4. Systems Performance
4.1Hydraulic Brake Systems3.70
4.2Drum and Disc7.41
4.4Antilock Brakes4.94
4.5Electrical and Electronic Systems 13.58
4.6Batteries4.94
4.8Lighting and Accessories4.94
Strand 5. Drivetrain
5.5Steering4.94
5.6Suspension11.11
5.7Wheel Alignment1.23

Collision Structural Inspection and Repair

ODE Subject Code: 177010
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.71
1.2Leadership and Communications3.53
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.53
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.53
1.5Global Environment2.35
1.6Business Literacy2.35
1.8Operations Management3.53
1.10Sales and Marketing3.53
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety14.12
2.2Personal Safety15.29
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance9.41
Strand 6. Body and Frames
6.1Structural 14.12
6.3Joining and Cutting Metals20.00

Collision Nonstructural Inspection and Repair

ODE Subject Code: 177011
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.26
1.2Leadership and Communications4.35
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.43
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.26
1.5Global Environment2.17
1.6Business Literacy3.26
1.8Operations Management3.26
1.10Sales and Marketing3.26
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety2.17
2.2Personal Safety7.61
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance14.13
Strand 6. Body and Frames
6.2Nonstructural 25.00
6.4Plastics and Adhesives10.87
6.5Surface Preparation11.96

Collision Painting and Refinishing

ODE Subject Code: 177012
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.90
1.2Leadership and Communications7.79
1.3Business Ethics and Law10.39
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology3.90
1.5Global Environment5.19
1.6Business Literacy3.90
1.10Sales and Marketing1.30
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety10.39
2.2Personal Safety7.79
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance6.49
Strand 6. Body and Frames
6.5Surface Preparation22.08
6.6Paint Preparation and Application16.88

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