Tag: testing

The ‘people should judge people, not tests’ take ignores our biases

Okay. People. Let’s check out their ability to render valid and reliable judgments. Those who suggest that tests need to go away usually suggest that people can do the judging — teachers, HR generalists or recruiting specialists, admissions counselors. It is rare in my experience to have either a suggestion of the improvements or replacements […]

The Test-Taker’s Anxiety And The Limits Of Predictive Validity

Over seven decades, my compulsion to read has benefited me enormously. The most recent example is that in taking on a book on Russian books and the people who read them by Elif Batuman entitled The Possessed. The book has nothing to do with but I’m trying to do and doesn’t fit my usual interests, […]

The Way To Bet or Predictive Validity Is Imperfect Too!

Yesterday’s post continued the theme of the lack of understanding of validity in both the design of tests at all levels and interpretation of their scores. In service of that argument, I quoted from a chapter by Emily Shaw in the book Measuring Success edited by Jack Buckley, Lynn Letukas, and Ben Wildavsky: “Decades of […]