ERIC Number: ED097337
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The Validity and Discriminatory Impact of the Federal Service Entrance Examination.
Sadacca, Robert; Brackett, Joan
The Federal Service Entrance Examination (FSEE) is one of the competitive examinations used to screen junior level applicants for managerial, technical, and professional occupations in some 50 U. S. Government agencies. It consists of 95 objective test questions designed to measure the applicant's vocabulary, reading comprehension, knowledge of English usage, and ability to reason quantitatively in solving problems with numbers. The objective of this research is to provide information relevant to two questions: (1) Is there sufficient evidence that the FSEE is screening out applicants who would have done more poorly in Federal service than those who pass the test to warrant the continued use of the FSEE? and (2) Do proportionately fewer black applicants pass the FSEE than white applicants? The validity of the FSEE is explored, and the results of analyses of data obtained from the Civil Service Commission are presented. FSEE passing rates are compared for students from black and white colleges. It is concluded that the use of the FSEE is unfairly discriminatory to many black applicants, and its use should be suspended pending strong evidence of its validity. (Author/RC)
Descriptors: Blacks, Comparative Analysis, Government Employees, Occupational Tests, Personnel Selection, Racial Discrimination, Test Bias, Test Validity
Publications Office, The Urban Institute, 2100 M St. N.W., Washington, D. C. 20037 ($1.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.