ERIC Number: ED158039
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Development of USES Specific Aptitude Test Battery [S-61R78] for Plumber (const.) 862.381-030/Pipe Fitter (const.) 862.381-018.
Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; Utah State Dept. of Employment Security, Salt Lake City. Western Test Development Field Center.
A longitudinal study was conducted to evaluate the U.S. Employment Service's Specific Aptitude Test Battery (SATB) for plumber/pipe fitter from three aspects: technical adequacy of the research; fairness to minorities; and usefulness in the selection of individuals for training as plumber/pipe fitter apprentices. The validation sample consisted of 253 apprentices (including sixty-nine minority group members) in their first year of apprenticeship during 1974-1976 in eight states and the District of Columbia. The tests for this sample were taken from the General Aptitude Test Battery, while on-the-job competency was gauged by supervisors' ratings, and ability to perform five categories of related course work was measured by instructors' ratings. A cross-validation sample was also used, based on data collected in 1953-1954 from 322 apprentices in Texas (the minority group composition of which was unknown). Criterion for this group consisted of category ratings for a combination of job performance and school achievement. SATB was found (1) to be useful in the selection of apprentices; (2) to be fair to minorities; and (3) to meet all criteria for validity using the more recent sample and for cross-validity based on the prior test sample. (The appendixes include the following: statistics for black and nonminority subgroups of the validation sample; descriptive rating scales for employers and instructors; and a job description and the first-year apprenticeship curriculum for plumbers/pipe fitters.) (ELG)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Achievement Tests, Apprenticeships, Aptitude Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Job Skills, Longitudinal Studies, Occupational Tests, Performance Criteria, Plumbing, Racial Discrimination, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Vocational Aptitude
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.; Utah State Dept. of Employment Security, Salt Lake City. Western Test Development Field Center.
Identifiers: United States