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ERIC Number: ED034260
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 9
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Cross-Ethnic Cross Validation of Aptitude Batteries.
Pike, Lewis W.; Mahoney, Margaret H.
How well an aptitude test battery predicts rated job performance for Negroes and whites, and how well a battery selected for one group predicts performance for the other, is examined. Supervisory ratings were used as the criterion of job performance. Tests selected to predict performance in the job of Medical Laboratory technicians were validated separately by ethnic groups. Multiple correlation coefficients between the test battery and each of nine rating scales were computed and the resulting test batteries were cross validated, across ethnic group. Validity coefficents were generally higher for Negroes than for whites, and there were consistently higher validities for Negroes on paper and pencil tests assumed to be "culture bound" but higher validities for whites on tests assumed to be "culture free." On all nine rating scales, multiple correlations were greater for the Negro sample than for the white. The cross ethnic, cross validation indicated that a battery selected for a white sample would be generally valid for Negroes but the converse was less true. It was concluded that in some instances paper and pencil tests are as valid for Negroes as for whites even when weighted on a predominately white population. (Author/RM)
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