Friday, May 30, 2008
New Career Test Article Warns About Harmful Online Tests
The Washington Counseletter, a well-known and respected publication for education professionals since 1963, has just published an article about evaluating career tests by Dr. Lawrence K. Jones called "Testing the Test: Harming Students by Using an Invalid Career Test."
Along with useful, practical advice about how to select a valid career test, it contains a much needed and long overdue critique of the invalid Department of Labor O*Net Interest Profiler (IP). While the IP is popular with many educators because it is free and distributed by the government, implying credibility, it is not a valid measure of the Holland personality types. The little research the Department of Labor has done with the IP proves this point; more about this important issue on our website.
The article appears in the May 2008 edition of the Counseletter.