The Assessment Services Review is the official newsletter of the Assessment Services Department. We aim to bring you information and news relating to topics that are important to those people who work in the fields of employee selection, along with announcements from the department regarding new products, updates to existing products and exciting opportunities to help us develop validated and effective employment tests that will serve the public safety community for years to come.
Part 1 in the Validity of Public Safety Assessments Series
The idea for this primer series germinated from a simple question – “Could you do an article looking at the validity of tests used in public safety assessment.” As my forgiving readership already knows, I have trouble containing my thoughts to a single entry. So, as I began to frame out how I would respond to the question of the validity of public safety assessments, the amount of material I wanted to cover started to grow exponentially. At some point, I decided it would be best to start from the beginning with a series of primers on topics related to validity, building up to an answer to the question of “what is the validity of public safety assessments.”
So now this blog will be the first in a series looking at this question. Over a series of articles aimed to inform, but also intended to keep things simple, I will cover:
Has your agency previously administered any of the tests IPMA-HR’s Entry-Level Firefighter (FF-EL) series?
If you answered ‘yes’ to this question, then we need your help!
IPMA-HR is gathering the test scores received by current firefighters who took the FF-EL test to better understand how the tests are currently performing.
What We’ll Need from You:
What You’ll Receive from Us:
This article talks about how the Victoria Fire Department in B.C. just got permission to use drones during emergencies as a first response tool. They will be using the drones during earthquakes, fires, and search and rescue missions. By having the drones, they can make sure that any building they are going into will be secure enough to withstand firefighters inside and check to see if there is anyone stuck inside of a burning building without risking firefighter lives. Search and rescue missions have now changed with the advantage of having drones. For example, if a child has gone missing in the water, the drone can hover over and find the exact location of the child without wasting time or funds to get a helicopter up and running. In all, drones...Continue Reading
There were recent developments in two cases related to the use of physical abilities tests as part of the pre-employment process.United States of America v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania et al.
In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) asked a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to grant a partial summary judgment indicating that the physical abilities test battery used by the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) disproportionately screened out female applicants clearing the way for trail against PSP. The DOJ claims the court should conclude that the state’s use of its physical abilities test for screening entry-level state police trooper positions has a disparate impact on women and should therefore allow the parties to proceed to trial to determine whether the test is job-related and consistent with business necessity or whether there is a less discriminatory...Continue Reading