New Employment Testing Reference

Teacher & Employment Testing

Published this fall, Fair Employment Strategies in Human Resource Management, edited by Dr. Richard Barrett, should become an essential addition to the bookshelf for everyone concerned with equitable hiring and promotion practices.


Barrett and more than a dozen other chapter authors have done an exceptional job critiquing the flaws of multiple-choice tests and misleading theories such as validity generalization (see Examiner, Summer 1989), while explaining better alternatives, such as assessment centers, simulations, biodata analysis, and work samples.


Reviews of testing provisions in the Civil Rights Act, Uniform Guidelines, and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be of particular value to anyone designing, studying and litigating employment exams. For those seeking even more detailed information, the book also includes bibliographic summaries at the end of each chapter.


Editor Barrett previously worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he participated in writing the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and served as an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the landmark testing cases Griggs v Duke Power and Moody v Albemarle Paper Company. He now heads a consulting firm specializing in fair employment issues. The chapter authors are all experts in testing analysis, policy and litigation.


Dr. Barrett, who is now researching a companion book titled Fair Employment Myths and Misconceptions, is seeking examples of testing misuse. Send them to him via e-mail at


Quorum Books, Greenwood Publishing Group, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881-5007; (800) 225-5800; $59.95.