Fairness in Employment Testing

Fairness in Employment Testing

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Declining American competitiveness in world economic markets has renewed interest in employment testing as a way of putting the right workers in the right jobs. A new study of the U.S. Department of Labor's General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB) Referral System sheds light on key questions for America's employers: How well does the GATB predict job success? Are there scientific justifications for adjusting minority test scores? Will increased use of the GATB result in substantial increases in productivity? Fairness in Employment Testing evaluates both the validity generalization techniques used to justify the use of the GATB across the spectrum of U.S. jobs and the policy of adjusting test scores to promote equal opportunity.When asked how test administrators responded to questions concerning the type of scoring used with the GATB, the committee was ... The GATB Manual indicates that the General Working Population Sample of 4, 000 examinees was administered Form A with an IBM answer sheet. ... The first would be to randomly mark one of the two bubbles for each of the 150 items as rapidly as possible, without reading the ... PROBLEMATIC FEATURES OF THE GATB: TEST ADMINISTRATION, 100.

Title:Fairness in Employment Testing
Author:Committee on the General Aptitude Test Battery, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 1989-01-15


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