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Continuation of the Development, Administration, and Reporting of Teacher Certification Assessments for New York State Teachers and Educational Leaders as part of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Testing Program

Contract for Services to a New York Nonprofit or
For-Profit Entity for a Statewide Testing Program

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of State Assessment (OSA)

Deadline Date:

09/17/20 3:00 PM


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Contract for Services to a New York nonprofit or for-profit entity for a statewide testing program. Required tasks include revising, enhancing, developing, reporting, and administrating statewide exams. Contractors must also establish testing centers throughout the state and in other locations. The program includes Teacher Certification Assessments (excluding the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), the Assessment for Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) Elementary, and the ATS-W Secondary) as well as additional instruments deemed necessary by NYSED for the certification for New York State teachers, teaching assistants, and educational leaders.

Deliverables and/or Project Description

As part of the implementation of the NYSTCE tests, the contractor is required to:

  1. Ensure that successful candidates for teacher certification demonstrate minimally acceptable knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) in the Teaching Standards through passage of certain certification examinations prescribed by the Commissioner in regulations.
  2. Ensure that successful candidates for school leadership certification meet Board of Regents standards by demonstrating minimally acceptable KSAs in school leadership theory and practice through passage of certain certification examinations prescribed by the Commissioner in regulations.
  3. Ensure that successful candidates for teaching assistant certification meet Board of Regents standards by demonstrating minimally acceptable KSAs through passage of certain certification examinations prescribed by the Commissioner in regulations.
  4. Provide accurate and verified data and score reports for certification-related purposes to NYSED, and aggregate data to the U.S. Department of Education, at the request of NYSED. In addition, the contractor must have the ability to adapt data reporting as needed by NYSED, or due to changing reporting requirements, such as those pursuant to Title II of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, and other federal and State law or regulation, including any subsequent, similarly mandated requirements effective during the term of this contract.
  5. Provide diagnostic information in a form and manner prescribed by NYSED, both to candidates assessed and, in the aggregate, to institutions preparing those candidates, in an effort to strengthen the professional development of teachers and school leaders at both the individual and programmatic levels; to include, but not be limited to, the production of Annual Institutional Results for Title II Program Completers and a manual to help institutions use score reports for programmatic improvement.
  6. Provide summary reports of exam results by institutions of higher education (IHEs) and complete full raw data to NYSED as required, which will advise and facilitate the coordination of future policies pertaining to the preparation, certification, and practice of teachers and school leaders in the public schools of New York State.
  7. Provide a high level of accurate student-level data collection and reporting, in a form and manner prescribed by NYSED, regarding all aspects of the NYSTCE Program, inclusive of the Educational Leadership Assessment Program.
  8. Provide electronic access to current and past detailed student background information collected from both the IHEs and the students, scores, and reports for all examinees for NYSED and New York State-approved teacher education institutions.
  9. Provide NYSED with evidence that all tests being administered as part of the NYSTCE program adequately measure the KSAs necessary for teaching in New York State, are psychometrically sound, and can be shown to be defensible under the Second Circuit’s decision in a United States District Court case for the Southern District of New York.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191431

Number of Grants:

NYSED will award one contract pursuant to this RFP.

Term of Contract:

The contract resulting from this RFP will be for a term anticipated to begin February 1, 2021 and to end August 31, 2026.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Mandatory Requirements:
The eligible bidder must agree to the Mandatory Requirements found below and must submit the Mandatory Requirements Certification Form located in section 6.) Submission Documents (separate document). The required form must be signed by an authorized person. Bids that do not comply with the Mandatory Requirements and include the signed certification form will be disqualified.

1. Bidders must be either for-profit or not-for-profit entities, including large testing companies, consultants, and/or educational organizations with a demonstrated capacity to complete all required services for large-scale assessments. Bidders must, at a minimum, demonstrate three years of professional, large-scale testing experience working on secure, standardized assessments as defined below.
a. Three years of professional experience becomes operationally defined as having performed any work like the work described in this RFP during three different calendar or school years. This work may be in the development, administration, scoring, and reporting the same test or tests for three different years or development, administration, scoring, and reporting different large-scale assessments in each of three different years.
b. The term large-scale assessment is defined as an assessment that measures individual achievement on a specified set of state or national standards at numerous institutions or testing locations, such as across a large city, region, state, or nation, using test instruments administered and scored in strict accordance with test publisher-provided standardized procedures and within the same specified interval of time.
c. A secure standardized assessment is defined as any test in which the same test is given in the same manner to all test takers, and scored in the same manner for everyone, that has test security requirements to protect and ensure that the results are valid and reliable.

2. Bidders must identify a program manager who will be the central point of contact with NYSED for this contract. The program manager must be a fulltime employee of the entity and have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or project management certification through the Project Management Institute (PMI) as a Project Management Professional (PMP), or other recognized program management certification.

Pre-Application Information:

Documents must be received at NYSED no later than September 17, 2020, by 3:00 PM

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email to McKenzie Johnson or Thomas McBride no later than the close of business August 13, 2020. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program, Fiscal or M/WBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted no later than August 27, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:
NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Contract Administration Unit
Attn: Thomas McBride, RFP 21-001
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
Albany, NY 12234

The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:
- Program Matters: McKenzie Johnson
- Fiscal Matters: Thomas McBride

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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