Performance Testing: Validity Issues and Design Considerations for Online Testing

Performance Testing: Validity Issues and Design Considerations for Online Testing

James B. Olsen (Alpine Media Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-747-8.ch015
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Abstract

Performance testing evaluates real-world tasks and skills with a test-display and response environment similar to, or identical with, the job environment. Performance testing offers the promise of providing more comprehensive evidence of construct and predictive validity than knowledge-based testing. This chapter presents information relevant to this promising approach to online testing. First, performance testing is defined and a historical context is presented; a series of test design questions are presented, then validity criteria, standards, and theory are recommended; and two validity-centered design approaches are reviewed. The chapter concludes with a set of implications and conclusions for further investigation.

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