[IPAC-List] Measurement education

Michael McDaniel (WSF) McDaniel at WorkSkillsFirst.com
Fri Oct 26 13:41:55 EDT 2012

I wish I had seen this exchange a few years ago when I helped write a book
chapter on criticisms of employment testing. You can a copy here:

Best wishes,

Mike McDaniel

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 11:50 AM, Mark Hammer <Mark.Hammer at psc-cfp.gc.ca>wrote:

> 1) You're right about that, Jeff. Nice to see some chatter for a

> change!


> 2) Great comments all round. I like David's examples.


> 3) When people are promoted, they move to a different role, not simply

> a higher standard of behaviour. When supervisors think they see

> appropriate potential in certain candidates that goes "under-endorsed"

> by test results, their working assumption is that the test is the

> problem, their focus being on false positives, which they treat as false

> alarms (pardon the firefighting pun). But that assumption is based on

> what they believe they have already seen from some candidates, and have

> not seen YET from others.


> Not to suggest that the tests lack validity, but people can surprise

> you. They can rise to the occasion, when placed in a role they may not

> have had before. Do the particular tests predict that well? I don't

> know, but the managers in this instance may well be treating the

> surprising ranking of some individuals on the selection tests as false

> *positives*, neglecting that their informal observation of those same

> candidates may well be a false *negative*.


> It may well be that the tests are inappropriately chosen or weighted,

> that the conceptual space being considered for the job is much larger

> than what the assessment tools measure, that there is bias in managers'

> beliefs or perceptions of some candidates. It could be a lot of things.

> All should be considered, including the possibility that the tests are

> able to identify things that managers have not yet seen.


> Mark Hammer

> Ottawa


> >

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