We provide a variety of free publications to assist you with various parts of your testing process.

Considerations in Addressing Adverse Impact

This handout was designed to provide IPMA-HR test users with information to consider when addressing adverse impact, along with how to calculate and how to reduce it.

With a few exceptions, the information contained in this handout is largely based on two books, Adverse Impact and Test Validation by Dan Biddle (2006) and Employment Discrimination Litigation edited by Frank J. Landy (2005).

The information contained in this handout should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. It is the responsibility of the agency to make decisions regarding selection procedures. IPMA-HR strongly recommends that the agency consult with its legal staff regarding selection procedures. Only the jurisdiction is aware of local regulations and legal precedents that should dictate the agency’s actions.

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Considerations in Implementing Selection Procedures

This is an essential resource for HR professionals and test administrators who need assistance with the implementation of selection measures.

Topics include:

  • Principles for validation and selection
  • Determining legal defensibility of selection procedures
  • Setting cut scores and performance bands
  • And a lot more!

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Considerations in Test Accommodations

This publication is a resource for HR professionals who need assistance in making test accommodations for applicants with disabilities. It represents a composite of valuable information from professional and legal guidelines related to personnel selection. These include:

  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures
  • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
  • Uniform Guidelines on Employment Selection Procedures

Considerations In Test Accommodations also includes a list of resources that can be used for further research.

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Test Administration Handbook

Use this handbook to...

  • Build expertise in test administration—this book addresses critical testing concepts and questions.
  • Understand the legal and professional issues of test administration.
  • Understand the pros and cons of customization versus using tests from publishers.
  • Understand score interpretation.
  • Understand the gathering of local validation evidence that supports a test.

You get...

A book written for novices as well as the trained and experienced. The book includes:

  • Test administration concepts, ranging from the most basic (such as “What is a test?”) to the more advanced (“What are the different types of validity?”).
  • Legal and professional considerations, with key references to:
    • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Civil Rights Act of 1991
    • Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures
    • Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
    • Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures
  • Objective discussion of test procurement, examining the pros and cons of customization versus using tests from publishers.
  • Sections on score interpretation and the gathering of local validation evidence.

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