ERIC Number: ED128421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
A Performance Measurement Feasibility Study: Implications for Manpower Policy.
Schmidt, Frank L.; And Others
Utilizing eight apprentices in the mentals trades, this study empirically evaluated a number of techniques designed to produce performance tests that are economically feasible, reliable, content-valid, and less disadvantageous to minority group members than paper-and-pencil measures. The final test was economically feasible, reliable with respect to interscorer agreement and internal consistency, and content valid. In addition, performance test total scores showed substantially smaller majority/minority differences than did paper-and-pencil tests. An adequate test of performance test score stability over time, however, was precluded by practical problems. An additional study was recommended to address the question of temporal stability. Implications for manpower policy, especially in the areas of occupational licensure and apprenticeship training, were discussed. (NTIS/BW)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Apprenticeships, Certification, Employment Qualifications, Feasibility Studies, Group Testing, Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Metal Working, Performance Tests, Personnel Evaluation, Personnel Selection, Scoring, Skilled Occupations, Technical Occupations, Test Bias, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Testing
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161 (PB-240-809, MF $2.25, MC $7.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Manpower Administration (DOL), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Development.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Dept. of Psychology.