Creating valid, reliable assessments of job-specific knowledge and skills is critical for effective practice in workforce development and human resources management. Occupational tests are used for many personnel and education-related functions, including workforce development and career technical education accountability (Perkins IV), personnel selection and placement, training needs assessment or diagnosis, and individual certification and licensure.
A carefully designed systematic approach to test development maximizes return on investment and contributes to candidate satisfaction and motivation. Poorly designed assessments may yield erroneous and damaging results leading to employee or candidate dissatisfaction, ineffective credentialing decisions, and possible exposure to litigation.
James T. Austin, senior research specialist, has a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Virginia Tech, 1987) with postdoctoral training in Quantitative Psychology. He has worked at CETE since 1997 and is the director of Assessment Services.
Robert A. Mahlman, senior research specialist, has a MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Ohio State, 1990). He has directed projects at CETE since 1995 and is the director of CETE.
You can register yourself or others for the Test Development Workshop by visiting BuckeyeLearn. Please note to complete your registration, you will need to create a BuckeyeLearn account by filling out the registration form. The $1,100 fee for the three-day workshop includes notes, handouts, and lunch each day. The workshop may be postponed if the number of registrations is not sufficient.