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Continuation of the Development of the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests, Computer-Based and Paper-Based, and Provision of a Computer-Based Testing Platform for the Grades 5 & 8 Science Tests

Contract for Services to a New York Nonprofit
or For-Profit Entity to Develop Testing Systems

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

Deadline Date:

11/25/20 3:00 PM


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Contract for services to a New York nonprofit or for-profit entity, including large testing companies, consultants, and educational organizations, to create testing systems for implementation by schools statewide. Funding is intended to support the creation of online and paper-based systems for multiple grade levels. Bidders must bid on all aspects of both Component 1 and 2 for the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics Tests and the Grades 5 and 8 Science Tests.

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The NYSED Office of State Assessment is seeking proposals from highly qualified respondents with expertise in the development and administration of Statewide tests in both paper- and computer-based testing platforms. The requested services include conducting field testing using both stand-alone field tests and items embedded within the operational tests; scoring the field tests; developing all operational and field test items and forms, ancillary materials, and scoring materials; and performing all analysis and research. Proposals must include the printing, shipping, collection, and return of the paper-based ELA and Mathematics Tests, as well as the provision of a computer-based testing platform, which includes the administration and test delivery systems and a scoring platform. 

Beginning in 2022, tests will be based on the Next Generation Standards. These standards are the foundation for a system of assessments designed to:

  • Evaluate the achievement of the knowledge and skills delineated by the learning standards and their constituent key ideas and performance indicators;
  • Provide information that helps teachers adapt instruction to students' strengths and needs;
  • Provide useful information to students, parents, educators, and the general public about what students know and can do; and
  • Serve as an important source of data for student performance at the school, district, and State levels.

For information about project deliverables and description see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187527

Estimated Size of Grant:

For contractors using subcontractors, the subcontract will equal or exceed $100,000 over the life of the contract.

Term of Contract:

Test development for the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics Tests will start in July 2021 with the creation of field tests for administration in Spring 2022 and operational tests beginning in the 2021–22 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, have three years of experience working with the development and administration of print-based and computer-based large-scale assessments and educational measurement, including test development, scoring, scaling and equating, data analysis, standard setting, technical reporting, and computer-based testing.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit an application is November 25, 2020, by 3:00 PM.

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email no later than the close of business on October 21, 2020. A Q & A summary will be posted to the website no later than November 4, 2020.

Each bidder will be scheduled for a mandatory demonstration of the online delivery system it proposes. The demonstration will be scheduled in consultation with the contractor. It is anticipated that all demonstrations will be scheduled for one hour (which includes a 15-minute question and answer period) on a date mutually agreed upon by NYSED and the bidder. Demonstrations will be conducted by webinar. This demonstration must take place between December 15, 2020, and December 28, 2020. To schedule the demonstration, bidders may contact McKenzie Johnson via email prior to the deadline for submitting proposals. Bidders who have not scheduled a demonstration time in advance will be provided a time once bids are received.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions to McKenzie Johnson at

Please submit all application documents to:
NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Attn: Jessica Hartjen, RFP# 21-009
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
Albany, NY 12234

Program matters: McKenzie Johnson
Fiscal Matters: Jessica Hartjen
M/WBE matters: Brian Hackett

Funding or Pin Number:

RFP #21-009

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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