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The Personnel Evaluation Standards was published in 1988. Fourteen professional societies in the United States and Canada, collectively representing about 3 million professionals, appointed and sponsored the standard-setting efforts of this 18-member group. Although designed for application in evaluating education personnel, the resulting standards have proved useful for personnel evaluations in other sectors.

The Personnel Evaluation Standards provides a valuable example of principles and guidelines and standards development processes for other groups to consider should they undertake to develop their own personnel evaluation standards. Basically, these standards require that evaluations meet four basic requirements. Propriety standards require that evaluations be ethical and fair to the affected parties, including beneficiaries as well as the service provider. Utility standards require that evaluators issue results that are credible, informative, ...

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