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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

Aviation

ODE Subject Code: 177013
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills1.33
1.2Leadership and Communications1.33
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.00
1.5Global Environment4.00
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.2Personal Safety8.00
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.1Aviation25.33
7.3Drawings6.67
7.6Mathematics and Physical Principles2.67
7.7Power Plant10.67
7.8Airport Environments16.00
7.10Meteorology8.00
7.12Aerodynamics12.00

Aviation Maintenance General

ODE Subject Code: 177014
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.38
1.2Leadership and Communications7.14
1.3Business Ethics and Law8.33
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.38
1.6Business Literacy1.19
1.8Operations Management1.19
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety3.57
2.2Personal Safety2.38
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance3.57
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.3Drawings3.57
7.4Materials and Processes3.57
7.5Operations and Services16.67
7.6Mathematics and Physical Principles10.71
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.1Mechanics3.57
8.6Landing Gear Systems4.76
8.7Power Systems4.76
8.8Control Systems8.33
8.10Fuel Systems4.76
8.14Instrument Systems3.57
8.15Fire Protection Systems3.57

Aviation Structure and Design

ODE Subject Code: 177015
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills7.14
1.2Leadership and Communications2.38
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.57
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.38
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety9.52
2.2Personal Safety7.14
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance13.10
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.2Airframe19.05
8.3Sheet Metal and Non-Metallic Structures19.05
8.4Metal Components8.33
8.5Assembly and Rigging Operations8.33

Aviation Airframe Systems

ODE Subject Code: 177016
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.44
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.44
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety3.66
2.2Personal Safety2.44
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance6.10
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.2Basic Electricity Concepts45.12
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.9Instrument, Communication and Navigation Systems7.32
8.11Electrical Systems9.76
8.12Position, Warning and Hazard Control Systems13.41
8.16Electrical, Ignition and Starting Systems7.32

Aviation Powerplant Theory and Maintenance

ODE Subject Code: 177017
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills8.22
1.2Leadership and Communications2.74
1.3Business Ethics and Law1.37
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology4.11
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety4.11
2.2Personal Safety4.11
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance5.48
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.13Engines54.79
8.17Lubrication and Cooling Systems15.07

Aviation Powerplant Systems and Components

ODE Subject Code: 177018
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.16
1.3Business Ethics and Law2.11
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety9.47
2.2Personal Safety3.16
2.3Tool and Equipment Preventive Maintenance8.42
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.10Fuel Systems12.63
8.13Engines4.21
8.17Lubrication and Cooling Systems8.42
8.18Fuel Systems13.68
8.19Induction and Exhaust System18.95
8.20Propellers11.58
8.21Unducted Fans and Auxiliary Power Units4.21

Aviation Meteorology

ODE Subject Code: 177019
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.94
1.2Leadership and Communications4.94
1.3Business Ethics and Law4.94
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology17.28
1.5Global Environment3.70
1.6Business Literacy3.70
1.8Operations Management3.70
1.10Sales and Marketing3.70
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.9Air Traffic Control and Communication7.41
7.10Meteorology45.68

Aviation Airport Management

ODE Subject Code: 177020
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills4.94
1.2Leadership and Communications6.17
1.3Business Ethics and Law16.05
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology1.23
1.6Business Literacy2.47
1.7Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurs2.47
1.8Operations Management7.41
1.9Financial Management6.17
1.10Sales and Marketing3.70
1.11Principles of Business Economics3.70
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety8.64
2.2Personal Safety6.17
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.8Airport Environments22.22
7.9Air Traffic Control and Communication8.64

Aviation Pilot Training

ODE Subject Code: 177021
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills2.53
1.2Leadership and Communications5.06
1.3Business Ethics and Law5.06
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.53
1.6Business Literacy1.27
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety3.80
2.2Personal Safety5.06
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.5Operations and Services8.86
7.9Air Traffic Control and Communication5.06
7.10Meteorology12.66
7.11Flight Environment17.72
7.12Aerodynamics6.33
7.13Performance8.86
7.14Human Factors10.13
Strand 8. Aircraft Systems
8.10Fuel Systems5.06

Aviation Air Traffic Control

ODE Subject Code: 177022
Outcome #Outcome Name% Items Approved by SMEs
Strand 1. Business Operations/21st Century Skills
1.1Employability Skills3.75
1.2Leadership and Communications3.75
1.3Business Ethics and Law3.75
1.4Knowledge Management and Information Technology2.50
1.5Global Environment3.75
1.6Business Literacy3.75
1.8Operations Management3.75
Strand 2. Safety, Tools, and Maintenance
2.1Facility Safety8.75
2.2Personal Safety1.25
Strand 7. Aviation and Aeronautics
7.9Air Traffic Control and Communication27.50
7.10Meteorology10.00
7.11Flight Environment10.00
7.12Aerodynamics7.50
7.13Performance3.75
7.14Human Factors6.25

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