Grade Point Average Baroness Thompson PSY320 Industrial Organizational Psychology Marian Orr March 15, 2008


Grade Point Average

Question: Is it necessarily true that Steve is smarter than John? In this situation, what is the ultimate criterion? What is the actual criterion? The actual criterion would be the variable.

Indicate the potential area(s) of criterion relevance as well as criterion deficiency and criterion contamination.

Which other information would you need to maximize the amount of criterion relevance?

Answer: The

overlap between the measure of Steve’s and John’s grade point average.

Steve and the ultimate criterion is the criterion relevance. Steve and John have the same study habits. They are both good kids. However, there will be some aspects of your ultimate criterion that your measure cannot assess. The ultimate criterion is the variable between Steve’s grade point average and John’s grade point average. This is known as the criterion deficiency. Steve receives praise and encouragement from his parents. John may feel left out affecting his grade, test and or performance in school. My measure may assess some factors that are not part of the ultimate criterion — this is known as criterion contamination. In order to develop the actual criterion, you hope to maximize criterion relevance but minimize criterion deficiency and criterion contamination. One brother may be a

3 better test taker. The test could be the antecedent for a higher grade point average. This criterion contamination can affect the criterion relevance. In order to maximize the criterion relevance, I would need previous grade scores. I would have to asses Steve and John’s learning curves. Also, it is important to view current test scores. If the test score fluctuate, test may be the antecedent to Steve’s higher grade point average. This would be my actual criterion. I would have to do research on the brother’s previous grades, and measure the gauges of the ultimate criterion. In closing, Criterion measurement is very complicated. I need pertinent information on Steve and John to measure the actual criterion. Steve grade point average doesn’t justify his intelligence. John may be a very bad test taker. John may be smarter than Steve. This would be my ultimate criterion. There are just too many components to assess Steve’s and John’s grade point average. School is very complicated; a Childs home environment can affect performance in a school setting. This is criterion relevance in assessing the variable. Is Steve smarter than John? Is a grade point average the answer to Childs intelligence?


References: Levy, Paul E. (2006) Industrial/ Organizational Psychology: Understanding the Workplace. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company Argosy Lecture Notes. (2007). Criterion Measurement. Retrieved March 12, 2008, from http://myeclassonline.com/ec/crs/default.learn?CourseID=2895398&CPURL=myeclasso nline.com&Survey=1&47=4156968&ClientNodeID=404511&coursenav=0&bhcp=1

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