Assessments are a great tool–when used properly. I have seen a lot of companies misuse or even abuse them. Know the laws and know the facts about them!

The Department of Labor 13 Assessment Principles are:

  1. Use assessment tools in a purposeful manner.
  2. Use the whole-person approach to assessment.
  3. Use only assessment instruments that are unbiased and fair to all groups.
  4. Use only reliable assessment instruments and procedures.
  5. Use only assessment procedures and instruments that have been demonstrated to be valid for the specific purpose for which they are being used.
  6. Use assessment tools that are appropriate for the target population.
  7. Use assessment instruments for which understandable and comprehensive documentation is available.
  8. Ensure that administration staffs are properly trained.
  9. Ensure that testing conditions are suitable for all test takers.
  10. Provide reasonable accommodation in the assessment process for people with disabilities.
  11. Maintain assessment instrument security.
  12. Maintain confidentially of assessment results.
  13. Ensure that scores are interpreted properly.