Policy Issues in Employment Testing

  • Linda C. Wing
  • Bernard R. Gifford

Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services book series (EEHS, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Linda C. Wing, Bernard R. Gifford
    Pages 1-12
  3. Lawrence R. James, Robert G. Demaree, Stanley A. Mulaik
    Pages 13-76
  4. Joel P. Wiesen, Nancy Abrams, Sally A. McAttee
    Pages 77-130
  5. Richard R. Reilly, Michael A. Warech
    Pages 131-224
  6. Harvey Goldstein, Alison Wolf
    Pages 225-268
  7. Linda C. Wing, Bernard R. Gifford
    Pages 311-313
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 315-329

About this book


Linda C. Wing and Bernard R. Gifford How should a society committed to the ideas of individual merit, equal opportunity, and the free marketplace allocate scarce educational and employment opportunities? How can that society draw distinctions­ fairly and justifiably-among people competing against each other for the same opportunity? These are among the central questions of a democracy. How a society answers them reveals a great deal about its values and its priorities, and determines a great deal about its future course. In recent decades, we have placed the standardized pencil-and-paper test at the center of these fundamental questions about the nature of opportunity allocation in American life. In more and more areas of our lives-schools, employment, the military-we rely upon the standardized test to rank or classify people, and to assure ourselves that we have done so fairly. The papers gathered here were prepared at the invitation of the National Commission on Testing and Public Policy. (The editors of this volume were involved in the commission from its inception in 1987 until shortly after the publication of its major public report in 1990-Bernard Gifford as Chair and Linda Wing as Associate Director. 1) Each chapter focuses on an aspect of employment testing-a topic that could hardly 1 POLICY ISSUES IN EMPLOYMENT TESTING 2 be more in need of calm deliberation and reasoned discussion than it is today.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Linda C. Wing
    • 1
  • Bernard R. Gifford
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of California at BerkeleyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4976-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-2202-3
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