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3Welcome!This presentation provides an overview of the OPAC Validation Report and how cutoff scores for OPAC tests are determined. We hope that you find this presentation helpful.OPAC Validation Reports are produced by the OPAC System once an employer’s subject matter experts (also referred to as “job experts” in this presentation) have taken one or more tests in an AutoTest Code while the Validation Wizard feature is turned “on.”Validation Reports are printed from the “Validation Report” link from the “Reporting” section of the OPAC Administrator’s program (see next slide).Additional information about the Validation Wizard process may be found in the OPAC Administrator’s Manual.
4To access and print a Validation Report… “Screen shot” of the OPAC Administrator’s Program1. Click on the “Reporting” main menu option2. Click on the “Validation Report” linkNote: Validation Reports can be accessed and printed only after one or more job experts have used the Validation Wizard feature for an AutoTest Code
5“Screen shot” of the OPAC Administrator’s Program Select the AutoTest Code of the Validation Report you wish to accessThen click here to access the report you selected
6“Screen shot” of the OPAC Administrator’s Program This white area contains some of the information that will be found in the Summary portion of the Validation Report once it is printedBefore printing a Validation Report from the Administrator’s Program, select both the Detail and Summary report optionsClick here to print theValidation Report
7The Validation Report would then be printed by the OPAC System and ready for review
8The following are a few notes that may help you during this presentation… The term “AutoTest Code” refers to a series of tests that a test administrator groups together for a single job prior to the Validation Wizard being used.The term “SME” refers to the job experts who have responded to the Validation Wizard’s survey questions.SMEs (or job experts) are current successful target job performers, and/or supervisors who have held the target job, and/or instructors or trainers for the targeted job classification.The term “SEM” refers to the “standard error of measurement,” a statistical term which will be explained in detail later in this presentation.
9There are two sections to the Validation Report Detailed sectionSummary sectionThis presentation will focus on each section separately, starting with the detailed section
10Page 1 of the detailed section of the Validation Report starts like thisDate the Validation Report was printed
11Page 1 of the detailed section of the Validation Report starts like thisName of AutoTest Code that was validated and number of tests in this AutoTest CodeName of the test that was validated. Each test in a validated AutoTest Code has its own section in the Validation Report.Number of job experts who have validated this specific testNames of job experts who have taken this test with the Validation Wizard turned “on”
12The detailed portion of the Validation Report begins like this Job experts’ race, gender, years of experience, and the date they validated this test
13The detailed Validation Report continues like this The next few pages in the Validation Report include the job experts’ responses to the Validation Wizard’s survey questions
14Examples of more of the job experts’ responses to the Validation Wizard’s survey questions
15This is an example of the final portion of the detailed Validation Report section for each test, titled “Results and Recommended Cutoff Scores”
16OPAC provides users with four possible cutoff scores to determine who “passes” or “fails” the test
17So, you might ask, how are cutoff scores determined by the OPAC System and which should you use?
18First we will examine how cutoff scores are determined by the OPAC system Cutoff scores are determined by the OPAC system based on feedback from your own job experts who have used the Validation Wizard feature.We would look to Question #5 in the Validation Report for each of the tests that have been validated using the Validation Wizard feature to understand how this is done.
19Question #5 in the Validation Report The cutoff scores suggested by your job experts are used to determine who passes and fails the testThe next few slides will show you how
20The “SME’s Score” column contains the scores your job experts obtained when they took this test
21Note: Only the cutoff scores your job experts suggested are used for computing the cutoff score In accordance with the U.S. v. South Carolina Supreme Court decision the scores your job expert’s achieved on this test are NOT directly used when computing the cutoff score
22Instead, your job experts are informed by the OPAC Validation Wizard what they scored on this test when they took it (i.e., the number shown in the “SME’s Score” column for that test taker).They then are asked for their recommendation as to what a minimally qualified job candidate should score to be considered for hiring (which is shown in the “Suggested Cutoff Score” column).The score each job expert received when they took this test is shown in this column in the Validation ReportThe minimum score they recommended that a minimally qualified job candidate should attain to be considered qualified for the job is shown in this column
23This is the Validation Wizard survey question concerning cutoff scores that the job experts respond to during the Validation Wizard process48WPM (words per minute)35WPM (number only)
24Note: The term “Mean” in this report refers to the statistical average Then, the average of all of the cutoff scores suggested by your job experts is shown here in Question #5 of the reportNote: The term “Mean” in this report refers to the statistical average
25The average (or “mean”) suggested cutoff score from Question #5 is also shown here in the “Results and Recommended Cutoff Scores” section of each test you have validated
26U.S. v. South Carolina, 434 US 1026 (1978) Question: If this is the cutoff score my job experts recommend, why should I consider using any other cutoff score?Answer: Because no tests are perfect. They include "measurement error" and the U.S. Supreme Court has supported adjusting minimum passing (cutoff) scores to account for this.U.S. v. South Carolina, 434 US 1026 (1978)
27The U.S. Supreme Court has supported that when a test is used for selection (i.e., hiring) purposes, employers consider adjusting the cutoff score downward one, two, or three standard error of measurements (SEMs) considering the five factors below
28What is a Standard Error of Measurement? The standard error of measurement for this test is shown here in the Validation ReportWhat is a Standard Error of Measurement?If a person were to take the same test repeatedly, with no change in his or her level of knowledge and preparation, it is possible that some of the resulting scores would be slightly higher or slightly lower than the score that precisely reflects the person’s actual level of knowledge and ability. The Standard Error of Measurement sets a boundary around where these hypothetical scores will lie. For example, a person who scores 45 on a typing test that has a SEM of 5 would most likely score between 40 and 50 about 70% of the time.
29SEM refers to the standard error of measurement If you had to compute the standard error of measurement yourself, you would use this formulaSEM refers to the standard error of measurementSD refers to the standard deviation of test scoresrxy refers to the reliability of the testFor more details, refer to the “Test Validation” chapter, “Cutoff Scores” section, of the OPAC Administrator’s ManualNote: More sophisticated methods are available for computing conditional SEMs (SEMs that change throughout the test score range) for tests that have more test items than are typically contained on OPAC tests.
30If you had to compute the standard error of measurement, you would use this formula SEM refers to the standard error of measurementSD refers to the standard deviation of test scoresrxy refers to the reliability of the testThe OPAC Systemautomatically computes the standard error of measurement and adjusted cutoff scores so you don’t have toFor more details, refer to the “Test Validation” chapter, “Cutoff Scores” section, of the OPAC Administrator’s Manual
31For example, the mean less one SEM for this test is the mean of suggested cutoffs (32.900) minus one SEM (2.629), which is This is rounded out to 30.Calculating the adjusted cutoff scores using the standard error of measurementThe mean less two SEMs for this test isthe mean of suggested cutoffs (32.900) minus two SEMs (5.382), which is This is rounded out to 28.We follow the same logic for the mean less three SEMs
32So, the U.S. Supreme Court recommends you consider using one of these three cutoff scores instead of the mean of suggested cutoffsConsider these five factors when deciding which cutoff score you wish to use
33Of those job candidates who passed Of those job candidates who passed* the test, can I hire those who scored the highest on the test rather than those who scored lower on the test?*“Passing” means that the test takers being considered have scored at or above the cutoff score you have determined to be appropriate for the target job
34If the word “Rank” is shown here on your Validation Report you would have the option to “rank order” test takers according to their test scores. For example, you can put the highest scoring person in first place, the next highest second place, and so on, and then hire from that list.Warning: Rank ordering by test scores often leads to greater adverse impact against some groups of test takers. Do not rank order unless you have a very good, business-related reason for doing so.
35A rank ordering process should not be used for tests that measure knowledge, skills, or abilities that are only needed at some minimum levels on the jobAlso, rank ordering is appropriate only for tests that distinguish between acceptable and above acceptable performance on the target jobThere is potentially lower liability when considering everyone who passes the test to be equally qualified than when rank ordering by test scoresWe advise that you consult with your legal advisor when making the determination whether to rank order test takers for the target job
36If the words “Pass/Fail” are shown here on your Validation Report you should consider all applicants who score at or above the cutoff score you choose to be equally qualified in the knowledge, skill, or ability measured by this test.Pass/FailYou should never rank order based on scores from an OPAC test if the words “Pass/Fail” are indicated.
37The Summary Portion of the OPAC Validation Report
38This is an example of the Report Summary Section of the Validation Report The Report Summary portion of an OPAC Validation Report contains key elements from the detailed report sections of all of the tests in the AutoTest Code that was validated
39Names of the tests in this AutoTest Code AutoTest Code name and number of tests in this AutoTest Code are shown here on the reportIndicates whether your job experts found these tests to be valid (a “Yes” means they are valid; a “No” means this test should not be used for employment purposes for this job)Names of the tests in this AutoTest Code
40The number of job experts who validated this test is shown here Cutoff1 is the mean cutoff score for this test less one SEM, Cutoff2 is the mean less two SEMs, and Cutoff3 is the mean less three SEMsNote: The courts have suggested using 7 to 10 job experts to validate a test. Of course, you can always use more if you wish.
41This indicates whether you can rank order based upon test results “Rank” indicates you can rank order based on the results of that test.You also have the option to consider everyone who passes the test to be equally qualified if the word “Rank” appears here. In other words, you do not have to rank order your job candidates.“P/F” indicates you should not rank order based on scores from this test. Instead, everyone who passes this test should be considered equally qualified in the knowledge, skill, or ability measured by this test.
42We hope this presentation has been helpful to you! Please refer to your OPAC Administrator’s Manual for more details about the validation process when using the Validation Wizard featurePlease send comments or suggestions toOPAC® and Office Proficiency Assessment & Certification® are registered trademarks of Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.