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Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, Science (MAAP-SCI) Grade 5 and Grade 8 and Mississippi Academic Assessment Program, End of Course (MAAP-EOC) Biology and U.S. History

Grant to a Mississippi Qualified Vendor to Develop an
Academic Assessment for Biology and History Curricula

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Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) - Office of Student Assessment (OSA)

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03/27/18 5:00 PM CT Receipt


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Grant to a Mississippi qualified vendor to develop and administer an academic assessment program addressing the biology and history curriculum. The developed assessment program will be implemented during the upcoming school year. Prospective vendors will need to address the following assessment components in their proposals:

-Design of the Assessment Program
-Development of New Items and Test Forms
-Online Assessment and Technology Delivery System
-Test Administration
-Production of Support Materials and electronic posting
-Processing and Scoring of Test Materials
-Psychometric Analysis
-Customer Support
-Management of the Assessment Program
-Cost Proposal Format

The purpose of this RFP is to procure a Vendor that will assist the state in the development and administration of MAAP-SCI for Grades 5 & 8 and MAAP-EOC in Biology and U.S. History. Mississippi’s science standards are new, and have been piloted in the field for one school year. During the 2017-2018 school year, MDE field tested science items that were written to the new science standards. While some form of science item bank will be available to the Vendor, the MDE expects the Vendor to supply an item bank that is aligned to the MS CCRS for Science. MDE is also open to item sharing among other states, if available. A combination of shared items along with custom item development would also be considered.

The Vendor will partner with the state to operationally implement the science assessments in the 2018-2019 school year. Similarly, new U.S. History standards will be introduced to the field in 2019-2020. Therefore, the Vendor will use MDE’s existing U.S. History item bank to operationally test in 2018-2019, while field testing newly developed items. The Vendor will partner with the state to write U.S. History items, so they are operational in the 2019-2020 school year. A summary of the key features for the assessments is provided below.


1. The assessments will include a variety of items types, including multiple choice, constructed response, writing, technology enhanced, and performance tasks. A few item clusters are also desired per grade/course that would include development of a short passage or stimuli with items developed from relevant performance objectives.

2. The MAAP-EOC Biology assessment will count as a graduation exam for students in the following years: 2018-2019, 2019-2020, and 2020-2021.

3. Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the EOC Biology assessment will yield results that will factor in 25% of a student’s final average. If after this computation, the student fails the course, then the student would have to retake the EOC assessment.

4. The MAAP-EOC U.S. History assessment will count as a graduation exam for students in the following years: 201 8-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022.

5. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, the MAAP-EOC U.S. History assessment will yield results that will factor in 25% of a student’s final average. If after this computation, the student fails the course, then the student would have to retake the EOC assessment.

6. Students should be tested in a technology-based assessment model, although some students that require accommodations may require paper and pencil versions (including braille and large print).

7. The MAAP-SCI for grades 5 and 8 and the MAAP-EOC assessments for Biology and U.S. History will be online in the fall of 2018. The online assessments must work with a variety of devices, such as PCs, Macs, iPads, Chromebooks, Windows tablets, or other online devices that may be available to schools in the future.

8. Results from the assessments will be used for school/district accountability and the EOC in Biology and U.S. History will be a graduation requirement/count 25% of a student final grade; therefore, these assessments must be legally defensible in nature.

9. Score reports will be customizable for districts, schools, teachers, students, parents, and other audiences.

10. Offeror must demonstrate the ability to be flexible to meet Mississippi requirements and timelines.

State Standards:

The new assessments must be based on the latest standards adopted by the state in the areas of science for grades 5, 8, and Biology and in the area of social studies for U.S. History. The Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards (MS CCRS) for Science provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to know and be able to do by the end of each grade level or course. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that students need for success in college and careers and to compete in the global economy. The standards are designed to ensure that students graduating from high school are prepared to enter credit-bearing entry courses in two- or four-year college programs, without remediation, or enter the workforce. When completed, the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards (CCRS) for Social Studies will follow the same guidelines.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183228

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The annual budget is $3,000,000 for a total of $15,000,000 over the five year period.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated initial contract period will be from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 with 4 optional one-year renewals.

Renewal of contract for subsequent years will be determined annually and shall be contingent upon successful completion of the services in the preceding year’s contract and a performance-based evaluation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals are solicited from qualified vendors. A contract will be awarded to the vendor whose proposal is determined to be the most advantageous to the State, taking into consideration the price and the evaluation factors set forth in the RFP.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting written questions by email is Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Copies of all questions submitted and the responses will be posted to MDE’s website under the Public Notices section and will be available to the general public on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The proposals shall be received by 5:00 PM Central Time (CT) on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

-February 21, 2018: Release RFP
-February 21, 2018, February 28, 2018: Advertisement dates in The Clarion Ledger
-February 21, 2018: Mail, email, and post to MDE website
-March 8, 2018: Deadline for RFP questions
-March 13, 2018: Deadline for program office response to questions and posting to website
-March 27, 2018: Proposals due by 5:00 p.m. Central Time (CT) to Procurement
-March 28, 2018: Proposal opening
-April 3, 2018: Evaluation of proposals
-April 6, 2018: Presentations
-April 19, 2018: Notice of intent to Award
-April 24, 2018: Post-Award debriefing request deadline
-April 26, 2018: Post-Award debriefing
-April 30, 2018: Protest deadline date
-May 17, 2018: Contract to Mississippi Board of Education
-June 6, 2018: Contract to Public Procurement Review Board (PPRB)
-July 1, 2018: Contract start date
-July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019: Term of Initial contract

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Walt Drane
P: 601-359-3052
F: 601-359-2471

Mississippi Department of Education
Office of Student Assessment
359 North West Street, Suite 216
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

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