CareerLocker Assessments: Reliable and Validated

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Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
by Dr. David Caulum, Emeritus Dr. Julie M. Hau
University of Wisconsin-Madison

State of the Art

To the best of our knowledge, CareerLocker has the longest tested and validated assessments included in a career information system in the state of Wisconsin. These assessments are essential to implementing Academic and Career Planning (ACP) programs. The four validated assessments offered through CareerLocker are the Personal Globe Inventory, Learning Styles Inventory, Work Skills Inventory, and Work Values Inventory. Through rigorous research and test development methodologies, these inventories have demonstrated high reliability and validity.

Reliability

In order to validate an assessment, one must determine if it measures consistently. That is, is it reliable? Reliability refers to the consistency of scores obtained from an assessment. For instance, when measuring the same piece of string with a ruler, one wants to be sure that the same results are achieved time after time. CareerLocker assessments work in a similar way. In highly reliable assessments, like those in CareerLocker, users receive consistent results each time. Since an assessment is usually given only once to a user, it must be as accurate as possible. When an assessment is reliable, it is more likely to be a true reflection of the user. In the case of CareerLocker, assessments reflect the user’s interests, learning styles, skills, and values.

Validity

The second indicator of a good assessment is whether or not it actually measures the quality or attribute that it purports to measure. Simply put, the assessment measures what it says it measures. Returning to the example of a ruler, an inch measures an inch, not a centimeter or a foot. Validity also refers to the appropriateness, meaningfulness, and usefulness of the inferences made from assessment scores. An inference is an educated guess based upon previous information and statistics. Validity is a scientific way of verifying that the use of the results of a psychological assessment is conceptually sound. Thus, validity is arguably the primary means of evaluating the quality or soundness of a psychological assessment. CareerLocker assessments have high quality.

Having reliable and validated instruments is among the many strengths of CareerLocker. These assessments provide the foundation for additional career exploration of occupations, career pathways and education. The website also supports job seeking processes, including aspects such as the resume and job interviews. Coming soon are additional pages on networking and financial aid.


 

For More Information

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Numerous research reports are available describing the processes used to develop and validate each scale. Usage data is also continuously monitored to evaluate and improve each inventory or assessment. CareerLocker has an extensive library of published and unpublished studies supporting the reliability and validation of its assessments. To obtain a list of publications or ask specific questions, please email Dr. David Caulum, dacaulum@wisc.edu.

David Caulum, PhD has worked at the Center on Education and Work as a Marketing Manager, Interim Director, Director, and, currently, Emeritus Consultant and Researcher. He now focuses his attention on CareerLocker Assessments and issues of content reliability and soundness.

 

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Stay a CareerLocker Subscriber for Two more Years and get the Second Year Half Off

Your school is a current CareerLocker subscriber, and as a token of my appreciation, I would like to extend you this offer: if you subscribe with us for two more years, you will get your second year half-off!

For example, if you re-subscribe with us until the year 2018, and your annual price is $700, your first year will be $700 and your second year will be $350. I will send you an invoice for both years upfront.

No mess!

Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to make your CareerLocker experience great, and let me know if you would like to take me up on this great deal.

Amy

Visit the CareerLocker Booth at the WSCA Conference Next Week

If you are planning to attend the Wisconsin School Counselor Association Conference (WSCA) next week in Madison, don’t forget to drop by my booth! I will be at booth number 18. Please also remember to check your program bags for a CareerLocker ad, which includes the reasons why you would want to stay with CareerLocker to meet the state’s ACP requirements.

I would also like to take this time to introduce our new partner, Paul Vidas, president of Nvolved Inc. Paul will be doing a WSCA session on GetNvolved, a web tool for volunteering and work-based learning. Schools can use GetNvolved to promote, track, and report on community service and work-based learning. Check it out at http://www.getnvolved.org, it is free for all schools!

CDF Hybrid Class Scheduled in Green Bay Spring 2016

The Center on Education and Work has scheduled a hybrid Career Development Facilitator class for Spring, 2016.  For the first time, the face-to-face meetings will be held in Green Bay.  We want to offer this more convenient opportunity to those in the central and northern parts of the state who want to take advantage of this well-respected course offering.

We are on a very short timeline.  In order to hold the class, we need to have 12-15 registrants signed up by February 15th.  If you or any of your colleagues are interested, please contact the Instructor, Judy Ettinger, ASAP.  She can be reached at jmetting@wisc.edu

The dates of the course follow:
Start Date:  March 1st   End Date:  June 21st
Required Face-to-Face Meetings in Green Bay:  March 31-April 1st   and May 12-13
Cost:  $1450 plus the cost of books

This popular class has been taught in Madison since 1995.  If you would like more information about this program, go to our web site at http://www.cew.wisc.edu/cdf/default.aspx

eCareers.sg Continues to Prosper in Singapore

eCareers.sg continues to flourish in Singapore! While the relationship between CEW and Singapore’s Ministry of Education continues to blossom, CEW would like to announce that we have just entered our sixth year of contract with Singapore’s Ministry of Education providing a country-wide award winning career information system for all K-12 level students in Singapore. Renewal of the contract includes updates to the website and adding of new features.

As a continuous positive aid in career development, eCareers.sg has provided amazing results. All K-12 students in Singapore are able to explore the various career possibilities and educational pathways available to them with the click of a mouse. This is being made possible through the interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance portal (ecareers.sg) for Primary Schools, which was officially launched back in February 2010.

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The ecareers.sg portal is comprehensive and developmental in nature and has been received with great reviews by students and educators. lt serves students from primary to Junior College/Centralized Institute in Singapore, compared to K-12 levels in the U.S. Developed jointly by the Ministry of Education and the Centre of Education and Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, eCareers has been used extensively as a rich resource for students, parents, teachers and school counselors. Emphasis is placed on career exploration and planning and career profiling tools are also available to help students gauge their interests and aptitudes. The purpose is to provide a systematic way for these students to make an informed choice of relevant courses to realize their dreams.

eCareers is the Ministry of Education’s first interactive web-based Education and Career Guidance (ECG) portal for students, and it has been a welcomed and fantastic aid for teachers and counselors who currently guide their students.

7 Reasons Why CareerLocker is Still Your Best Choice

You once made a decision that CareerLocker was the best system for your students’ career planning and preparation. That truth has not changed! You still have a choice.

You do NOT have to use Career Cruising for ACP! Per the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) ACP website*, “The state selected ACP software system is an optional choice for districts.  Districts are welcome to contract and pay for any system they desire as long as the elements of quality ACP are included.”

Here are some of the reasons you should stick with CareerLocker through the 2016-2017 school year… and beyond…

1 You’ll have uninterrupted, continual service.

By staying with CareerLocker, you will have ongoing access to the best career information system around – with no gap in service.

The state mandate for ACP services does not begin until the 2017-18 school year!

As of now, there is NO SIGNED CONTRACT with a new vendor and according to DPI:

This next phase of procurement has begun and may take many months before a final contract to provide ACP services is completed.”

2 Only CareerLocker has a quality matching classroom curriculum. The CareerLocker classroom curriculum allows you to use the site to help guide your students through important self and career exploration activities. This curriculum, developed by the West Allis West Milwaukee school district, makes using the site easy for busy classroom teachers. This curriculum meets WSCA and ACP standards.
3 Our system is the only one that provides you with validated assessments. Only CareerLocker offers validated assessments. This is one of the many advantages of staying with a system that was developed through the state’s flagship university.

Students can explore their interests, values, work skills and match them to occupations only on the CareerLocker system.

4 CareerLocker is the only place you get very specific Wisconsin school and job information. Only CareerLocker provides detailed information on Wisconsin postsecondary institutions, as well as detailed occupational salaries and job outlook in Wisconsin. This information is updated regularly and is provided especially for Wisconsin to aid Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning.
5 You still get unsurpassed personalized service.

You won’t be on a waiting list for service or training with CareerLocker. We are always here for you and can provide training to fit your needs and according to your schedule.

You’ve always been a valued customer of CareerLocker. We are still the only career information system that was developed right in your state at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We will be here when you need us for personalized training at your convenience.

6 You still have access to the popular Learning Styles assessment and the Personal Globe Inventory. The Learning Styles assessment on CareerLocker is the most frequently used assessment on the site. Teachers tell us that it helps their students understand how they best learn—and that leads to more successful academic outcomes. The Personal Globe Inventory is widely used to help students narrow down their career interests and match them to possible occupations.
7 You will get free access to GetNvolved® through a new partnership with CareerLocker.

 

Through GetNvolved, an online service that helps students find work and volunteer activities, you can increase the academic impact of work-based learning and community service experiences of students.

* http://dpi.wi.gov/acp/faqs

Still not sure why you should stay with CareerLocker?

 Did you know that CareerLocker (housed at UW-Madison in Wisconsin) is in 594 schools and 226 districts, while Career Cruising (a Canadian company) is in 409 Wisconsin schools and 100 districts? Why? Because CareerLocker is a better system, delivering more of the features like assessments and local Wisconsin information that can help you to best assist Wisconsin students in their career and academic planning. Remember, you get what you pay for!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. I am happy to work with you in any way I can to help you fulfill the state ACP requirements. I have confidence that CareerLocker is still the best choice you can make in a software system for academic and career exploration and planning.

Thank you in advance for considering CareerLocker as the career information system of your choice.

Amy Rivera

Training Representative

CareerLocker

UW-Madison Center on Education & Work

amy.rivera@wisc.edu

800-862-1071

New CareerLocker to be Launched this Fall

Hello educators!

The school year is almost up, and I would like to take this time to remind you that we here at the Center on Education & Work have been working very hard for the past few years on the redesign of our new website. Earlier this year, you were invited to take a look.

Please remember, you are welcome to take a look at the new website! Please take a look and let me know if you would like any changes, or if you have suggestions. You will be able to view the new site all summer long, as we are scheduled to switch over to the new site this fall.

Checking out our new website now will help prevent shell shock this fall when you log into CareerLocker and it looks totally different!

In case you haven’t created an account on our new demo site, here are instructions:

-log into your current CareerLocker account at https://wiscareers.wisc.edu
-at the page that says ‘Welcome Professionals,’ click on the new ‘CareerLocker link’ found under my video
-if you haven’t created an account, click ‘Create an account’ on the right-hand side of the page, found underneath the login fields
-enter the code: test-pro
-create a unique user name and password that you will use to log into this demo site from then on

We are still in progress of finishing up the site, so some features might be missing. However, if you have any suggestions, please send them to me, or send them through the feedback links!

Please take a look!

Amy