Assumption 7: Testing and Assessment Benefit Society

Tests and measurements are benefiting us as a society. Testing can provide help with job placement, military recruits, and placing children in the wrong schools or programs. Without testing and measuring with job placement, individuals may be placed in the wrong department and the entire organization could potentially be at risk. Testing and assessment also benefits society within the military. Military recruits are to take the ASVAB test which shows their basic skills. They are also required to pass other tests if they wish to be in various occupations within the military. This is extremely beneficial to our society because it ensures our safety and security. Without this process, there would be no way to screen the recruits.

In order for testing and assessment to benefit society it must be a reliable and valid test (Cohen & Swerdlik, 2010). In a world without tests, children may be placed in higher or lower aptitudes based on the teacher’s bias. For example, children with learning disabilities or mental disorders may continue to be placed in the wrong school or class without the specific tests and assessments. If our society did not have tests, we would have individuals with serious mental conditions untreated. Testing and assessment benefits society in almost every way possible. I cannot imagine a world without testing.

 

Reference:

Cohen, R. J. & Swerdlik, M. E. (2010). Psychological Testing and Asssessment: An Introduction to Tests and Measurement. (7th ed.). New York: Mc Graw Hill.

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