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This workshop is a primer on important concepts in test score validation. It is designed to be useful to those with minimal experience conducting these studies, but will also survey advanced and emerging topics. Balancing treatment of legal guidelines and professional standards, the presenters will emphasize practical steps for gathering multiple forms of evidence, with attention to the meaning of content, construct, and criterion-related validation procedures described in the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures. The workshop will begin with presentation of a guiding framework and methods for identifying the goals of any test validation study. Within the context of content validation, presenters will engage the audience in discussion of procedures for documenting content-oriented test development, methods for linking test content to job analysis outputs, and determination of when to rely on content-based evidence. Within the context of criterion-related validation, presenters will discuss predictor and criterion measure specification, data collection and sampling procedures, analytic methods, documentation, and factors influencing the results of traditional analytic strategies. Presenters will touch on prospects for reliance on validity generalization procedures. The goal is an interactive session: For each major topic covered, attendees will be asked to consider steps in planning these studies in their own organizations. Throughout the workshop, brief overviews of recent developments in the professional literature will also be provided as guidance for conducting validation studies in organizations.
This workshop has been approved for 2.5 continuing education credits by both SHRM and HRCI.