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Racial bias and predictive validity in testing for selection

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Authors
Weitzman, R. A. (Ronald Alfred)
Subjects
Predictive Validity
Test Bias
Selection
Aptitude Tests
Scholastic Aptitude Test
Racial Bias
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Date of Issue
1983-07
Date
1983-07
Publisher
Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
Language
eng
Abstract
In contrast to the Cleary-McNemar view affirmed by Cole in the October 1981 issue of the American Psychologist on testing--questions of bias are fundamentally question of validity--this report shows that freedom from statutory test bias, as interpreted by the courts, is different from predictive validity. Use of a score-adjustment formula developed here to correct for statutory test bias shows in typical cases not only that the correction tends only negligibly to reduce predictive validity but also that the enhancement of predictive validity without regard to statutory test bias can add a sizable criterion-independent decrement selectively to the already low test scores of low-scoring demographic groups. (Author)
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Technical Report
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NPS 54-83-008
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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