Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology “SIOP” discussion of the US Supreme Court case Ricci v. DeStefano

July 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment


I wanted to share some well informed points of view around testing in the workplace and commentary on the recent Ricci v. DeStefano case from the SIOP web site.

SIOP is a well respected Division of the APA with a mission to enhance human well-being and performance within work settings by promoting the science, practice, and teaching of industrial-organizational psychology.

Industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology is the scientific study of the workplace. Rigor and methods of psychology are applied to issues of critical relevance to business, including talent management, coaching, assessment, selection, training, organizational development, performance, and work-life balance.

Excerpt from article by Clif Boutelle and Stephany Schings:

With its recent narrow 5-4 decision in the Ricci v. DeStefano case, the Supreme Court ruled that results of a valid, job-related test cannot be thrown out simply because the test may result in adverse impact. The decision has underscored the importance of valid, job-related tests, and for many I-O psychologists, it has reaffirmed their status as central and vital players in the testing process.

Read the complete SIOP Article here

My original blog posting on the Ricci v. DeStefano

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