ERIC Number: ED384630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-20
Use of a Statement of Test Taker Rights in Employment Testing.
Moreland, Kevin L.
Professionals often seem to view guidelines, standards, and the like, not to mention legal mandates, as adding to their work load. It is argued that a widely promulgated set of test taker rights would actually make the work of personnel selection professionals easier. The California court case Soroka v. Dayton-Hudson Corporation, in which test takers sued because of some questions pertaining to religion on the employment test, illustrates some of the pitfalls of personnel selection tests as they are generally administered. A 12-point "Rights of Test Takers" is proposed that clarifies that test takers have rights that include courteous and fair treatment, explanations about test purposes and use, clear explanations of test results and their consequences, review of records, and confidentiality as allowed by law. Well-prepared proctors will be able to deal with the questions posed because test takers are aware of their rights. Presenting a list of rights and answering questions might alleviate concerns of test takers about the appropriateness of test questions and might forestall litigation of the Soroka type. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).