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Broad-Based Office Skills Testing. Los Angeles County Office of Education PERSONNEL COMMISSION. The Problem. Many clerical/secretarial classifications Differ on specific job content and levels of responsibility Many obstacles to class consolidation - logistical, political, fiscal

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broad based office skills testing

Broad-Based Office Skills Testing

Los Angeles County Office of Education

PERSONNEL COMMISSION

the problem
The Problem
  • Many clerical/secretarial classifications
    • Differ on specific job content and levels of responsibility
    • Many obstacles to class consolidation - logistical, political, fiscal
  • Each class has a unique examination
    • Variably content and quality
    • Not consistently updated
    • 2-3 month recruitment & examination cycle time
  • No overall competency architecture across the classes
    • Core competencies and competency progression
    • Pass point paradoxes (lower pass points for higher level jobs based on selection ratios)
purpose and objectives
Purpose and Objectives
  • Improve testing quality, reliability, and efficiency
  • Improve coherence of clerical examination plans
  • Reduce redundant testing
  • Reduce time to place candidates on eligibility lists
  • Ensure eligibility lists are always available
strategy
Strategy
  • Core test battery for as many classifications as possible
  • Annual calendar of assessment opportunities (e.g., quarterly)
  • Computer-based testing
  • Score banking and certification to different exam plans
  • Different weights and cut-off scores for different classifications based upon relevancy and level needed.
strategy similar to sat act for applying to college
Strategy: Similar to SAT & ACT for applying to college
  • Sign up and take the test
  • Apply to the colleges of choice
  • Send scores
  • Colleges set their own pass-points and weights for final selection decisions

Sign up and take the test

Apply to the jobs of choice

Scores populated

Each job has its own pass-points and weights for final selection decisions

development of the test battery
Development of the Test Battery
  • Reviewed job analyses from Agency-Wide Classification Study - 2004-2007
  • Re-stated duties into “generalized work activity” (GWA) statements with no reference to specific job content.
  • Map GWAs to each classification
  • Identify relevant assessment tools for GWAs
  • Via GWAs, map assessment tools to Classifications
  • Derive relevancy and weight of assessment tools to classifications.
example gwas
Example GWAs
  • Greet, interact, and provide information to others in person and on the telephone
  • Verify, input, and correct data and information
  • Receive, sort, amd categorize information and materials
  • Understand, interpret, explain, and follow directions, rules, and regulations
  • Operate a personal computer and other common electronic office equipment
  • Format, edit, keyboard and type documents.
  • Gather compile, collate, and assemble information and materials
  • Maintain and coordinate calendars and schedule meetings and events
  • Receive, track, and record monetary/numerical information and data
competencies assessed tests
Competencies Assessed - Tests
  • Following Instructions (MC)
  • English Usage & Grammar (MC)
  • Microsoft Outlook (MC)
  • Microsoft Excel (Performance, OPAC)
  • Microsoft Word Skills (Performance, OPAC)
  • Telephone - Customer Service (SJ, OPAC)
  • Sequencing and ordering speed and accuracy (timed)
  • Computational speed and accuracy (timed)
  • Checking and comparing speed and accuracy (timed)
  • Data Entry speed and accuracy (OPAC)
result
Result
  • Linkage of tests-to-tasks-to-classifications to establish job relatedness
  • Derived weighting scheme for each classification
    • Relevant tests
    • Relevant weights
  • Job specific competencies identified in the job analyses are assessed in specialized examination parts
    • Min Quals
    • Interview
    • Performance
applicable classifications
Clerk

Intermediate Clerk

Senior Clerk

School Clerk

Senior School Clerk

Data Control Clerk

Senior Data Control Clerk

Typist Clerk

Intermediate Typist Clerk

Temporary Office Worker

Senior Typist Clerk

Department Assistant, Dance

Department Assistant, Music

Department Assistant, Theater

Department Assistant, Visual Arts

Receptionist

Reader

Information Resources Specialist

Media Dispatching Clerk

Secretary

Division Secretary

Legal Secretary

School Administrative Secretary

Senior Division Secretary

Executive Legal Secretary

Executive Assistant

Applicable Classifications
administrative practices
Administrative Practices
  • Score Life:
    • 2 years
  • Test Administration:
    • Every 3 months
  • Test Retake:
    • Once every 6 months
  • Retake Scope:
    • Whole Battery – not individual tests for logistical reasons
  • Weighted or Qualifying-Only:
    • Qualifying Pass/Fail-only for Promotional Exams
    • Weighted for Open recruitment
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Administrative Practices
  • Effective Scores:
    • Only the candidate’s most recent score, not the highest score, can be certified to a list.
    • For candidates whose scores enable them to be placed on an eligibility list (pass the exam), the certified scores stands for the duration of eligibility on the respective list.
      • Scores already certified are not updated by retakes
      • One’s score (and relative ranking) on a list can not be improved until eligibility expires (one year).
  • Multiple (10) Pass Points
    • Low individual test pass points
    • Reduced Adverse Impact
    • 3 apparent factors:
      • Computer skills, speed and accuracy, verbal
recruitment
Recruitment
  • Continuous offering of the BBC
    • Continuous recruitment for all affected classifications
  • Establishes a pre-tested pool of potential candidates for the affected classes
  • For most classifications, limited or no public posting for job specific recruitments
    • Notifications sent to pre-tested pool, based on test cut-off score
    • Invitations to apply to take the specialized exam parts for the classification
status
Status
  • Officially launched on February 9th, 2009
    • Advertised on our PC website & Weekly Job Opportunities emails.
  • Two exam administrations in March & April phased in the BBC in the context of specific classification recruitments.
  • June and October 2009 BBC administrations as part of annual calendar
process improvements since start
Process Improvements Since Start
  • Candidates are automatically notified via email when particular job classifications are open for recruitment.
  • Candidates receive their score report along with an Examination Information Sheet to address frequently asked questions.
  • Scores can (soon) be viewed on-line with ID and Password
  • Candidates who miss the Scantron exam portion can re-register to take the next exam administration.
  • Candidates who are unable to attend the first Computer Exam can attend the Computer Make-up exam typically scheduled the following week.
benefits received and expected
Benefits Received and Expected
  • Test quality improvement through
    • Data monitoring and psychometric analysis
    • Empirical validation research
    • Development of alternate forms
  • Administration efficiencies through
    • Managed efficiencies in test administration and score managements
    • Minimizing retesting of the same candidates for different classifications
    • Improved communications with candidates
  • Recruitment enhancement through
    • Maintaining a pre-tested pool of applicants
    • Having something to offer at job fares
    • Reduced eligibility list production cycle time
next project bba
Next Project: BBA
  • Broad-Based Administrative Classifications
  • Administrative, Analyst, and Professional Series
  • Focus on college grads
  • Same general model
  • Launch in Q1, 2010
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