|"FV is making a decision about the appropriateness of use of some particular measuring instrument in a given assessment situation through the process of simple inspection OF that instrument."|
[ p. 6 ]One situation where even a novice (say an examinee) can provide a useful perspective might be the following. On most tests, we are hoping that the examinee will give it their best shot. But, what if a particular examinee, who is taking a test, were to perceive that this test contained items that seemed NOT to be that appropriate for the assessment being undertaken (even if the items were in a psychometric sense). Would it not follow that such an examinee might NOT assert him/herself to the maximum given the perception that the measurement will not really tap important information about his/her ability? In a case like this, the score would likely be lowered and, the "validity" of the score on the test will have been compromised. Thus, even a cursory inspection by real or potential examinees could provide useful information to someone making a decision about either using or not using some specific instrument.