Accession Number : ADP001412

Title :   Job-Related Measurement of Reading Ability,

Corporate Author : OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Payne,Sandra S.

Report Date : 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Reading Comprehension is a requirement for satisfactory performance in a variety of jobs, and consequently a test of reading ability is frequently used in job selection. Because of recent increased emphasis on the job-relatedness of selection devices, it is desirable to have the reading ability test be as closely linked to actual job reading requirements as possible. This paper describes a set of procedures for developing a clearly job-related test of reading comprehension. The procedures include steps for sampling and measuring the reading level of materials used on the job in order to define the specific level of reading ability required. The test is then designed to match the required job reading level. The procedures are flexible, allowing for design of a test for use as a minimum competency measure or as a ranking device. Test questions can be written directly from the sampled job materials or from general materials. The procedures are presently being used for a variety of Federal test projects and a discussion of problems, improvements, and results from some of these projects are discussed.

Descriptors :   *Reading, *Comprehension, *Performance(Human), *Job analysis, Personnel selection, Test construction(Psychology), Ratings, Scoring, Measurement, Literacy, Requirements, Human resources, Optimization, Applied psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE