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RFP #21-001

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


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Overview

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of State Assessment (OSA) is seeking proposals for the continued implementation of the NYSTCE Testing Program. Services include revision, enhancement, development, administration, and reporting of all 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. Chart 1: New York State Teacher Certification Examinations in section 1.3.1 of this RFP lists NYSTCE component tests for which the contractor will be responsible. Each of these component tests falls into one of three categories: Category 1 – recently created or revised NYSTCE custom-designed tests, Category 2 – NYSTCE custom-designed tests to be revised, and Category 3 – existing NYSTCE custom-designed tests. For Category 1 tests, the contractor is required to continue the development, enhancement, administration, and reporting of the tests. For Category 2 tests, the contractor is required to revise these tests, and then continue the development, enhancement, administration, and reporting of the tests. For Category 3, the contractor is required to continue test administration and reporting of the existing NYSTCE test forms. The contractor must provide these tasks in each category for NYSED, for the length of the contract.

These examinations are required pursuant to Part 80 of Chapter II (Regulations of the Commissioner of Education), in Title 8 (of the Education Law) of the Official Compilation of Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (8 NYCRR) published by the Department of State. These examinations implement the Commissioner’s Regulations that require prospective New York State  educators, school leaders, and teaching assistants to pass designated tests as a requirement for receiving State certification pursuant to the NY Consolidated Education Laws §3001 and §3003. New York State teachers, teaching assistants, school leaders, and pupil personnel service providers are required to hold a New York State certificate in order to be employed in the State’s public schools.  The certificates are issued by the Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) and certify that an individual has met certain requirements. The NYSTCE program includes a test for the teaching assistant certification, tests for teacher certification, and tests for school leadership certification, in addition to the Bilingual Education Assessments (BEA) and the Communication and Quantitative Skills Test (CQST).

The contractor must submit a valid, complete, and comprehensive five-year, detailed work plan with a timeline that provides an in-depth description of how the assessment development/provision and administration, and related activities required in the RFP will be conducted. The contractor must be willing and able to adjust the initial work plan to compensate for possible changes in the State and Federal reporting requirements.  The work plan must be aligned with a detailed timeline for each year of the contract and be consistent with State and Federal reporting guidelines and with the list in Chart 1: New York State Teacher Certification Examinations in section 1.3.1 of this RFP. Note that, although they are components of the NYSTCE, the TPA and the ATS-W will not be required services to be provided under the terms of the contract resulting from this RFP.

Subcontracting/Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE)

Subcontracting will be limited to thirty percent (30%) of the total contract value. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel.

For purposes of this procurement, New York State Education Department has not established specific utilization goals. Nevertheless, NYSED remains committed to promoting the participation of certified Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises to the greatest extent possible. Therefore, NYSED strongly encourages bidders to seek New York State certified M/WBE subcontractors and suppliers at a participation rate of 30%.

Term of Contract

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

Service Area

Statewide .

Eligible Applicants

See number 1 in the Mandatory Requirements section, for a description of the eligible applicants.

RFP Components

Components contained in RFP# 21-001 are as follows:

  1. Description of Services to be Performed
  2. Submission
  3. Evaluation Criteria and Method of Award
  4. Assurances
  5. Submission Documents (separate document)

Questions and Answers

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email to AssessmentRFP@nysed.gov no later than the close of business August 13, 2020. Questions regarding this request should be identified as either Program, Fiscal or M/WBE. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted here no later than August 27, 2020.

Contact Information for Questions
Program Matters
Fiscal Matters

McKenzie Johnson

Thomas McBride

Submission Instructions

The following documents must be submitted in separately sealed envelopes, as detailed in the Submission section of the RFP, and be received at NYSED no later than September 17, 2020, by 3:00 PM:

  1. Submission Documents labeled Submission Documents – RFP #21-001 Do Not Open
  2. Technical Proposal labeled Technical Proposal – RFP #21-001 Do Not Open
  3. Cost Proposal labeled Cost Proposal – RFP #21-001 Do Not Open
  4. CD or USB flash drive containing the technical and submission proposals submitted using Microsoft Office. Place in a separate envelope labeled CD/USB – RFP #21-001 Do Not Open.

The mailing address for all the above documentation is:

New York State Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Attn: Thomas McBride, RFP#21-001
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
Albany, NY 12234


RFP Documents
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Last Updated: July 24, 2020 1:41 PM