ERIC Number: ED400265
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
The 1997 Profile of American Youth: Overview.
Curran, Linda T.
The Department of Defense is developing norms for its Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and the newly created Interest Finder, a vocational interest inventory. The normative effort, called the 1997 Profile of American Youth (PAY97), will be undertaken as part of the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 1997 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. The national norms that result from this cooperative project will be used for military personnel selection and placement purposes for enlistees and as the basis for career selection in high schools in the student testing program. The ASVAB will be normed in its recently implemented computerized form, and Interest Finder norms will also be developed from its computer version. Methodological studies are being planned to address substantive issues related to procedures and materials for the interview, test administration, and data analysis stages. A participation incentive and performance bonus study has preceded pilot testing involving more than 1,500 examinees. Other studies that are being initiated are studies of the appropriateness of the tests with adolescents, a hardware and environment study, and a pretest of the longitudinal youth survey. The ASVAB and Interest Finder will be administered in the summer of 1997 to the 19,000 subjects of the longitudinal study. Normative information will then be available for the planned uses of both measures. (Contains one figure, two tables, and eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Adolescents, Aptitude Tests, Armed Forces, Career Choice, Computer Assisted Testing, High School Students, High Schools, Incentives, Interest Inventories, Military Personnel, National Norms, National Surveys, Pilot Projects, Profiles, Selection, Test Construction, Test Use, Vocational Interests
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery