[IPAC-List] Developing Test Norms and the CRA

Dennis Doverspike dennisdoverspike at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 18:35:27 EDT 2015


I am not sure your question can be answered without knowing how the norms
will be used.

However, ignoring that important question, one could still have multiple
reported norming groups or populations. For example, one could have norms
reported for the population of all high school graduates, which one might
assume would be close to 50/50, for persons looking for work with the ksas
in the local labor area, and for the applicant population, which I would
assume would not be 50/50. Without knowing if there are any constraints
imposed by California law, I would say that the demographic characteristics
for the reported norm group should match that of the relevant population
corresponding to that norming group.

I would add that in norming that one often oversamples groups with low
representation for practical reasons.  The final results can then be
adjusted to reflect this oversampling in the initial collection of data.


On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 5:44 PM, Spilberg, Shelley at POST <
Shelley.Spilberg at post.ca.gov> wrote:

>  Given the Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on the use of subgroup norms on
> employee selection tests, to create gender-free norms, should the (one)
> norm group consist of equal numbers of males and females, or should each
> group’s representation reflect their proportion in the applicant
> population? Any thoughts or advice from either a legal and/or psychometric
> standpoint?
> Shelley Weiss Spilberg, Ph.D.
> California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
> 860 Stillwater Road, Suite 100
> West Sacramento, CA
> (916) 227-4824
> Shelley.spilberg at post.ca.gov
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Dennis Doverspike, PhD., ABPP
Licensed Psychologist, #3539 (OHIO)
Independent Consultant
Professor of Psychology, University of Akron
dennisdoverspike at gmail.com

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