New York State Education Department
Request for Information


Development of Curriculum Models

Introduction/Background:

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.

Purpose/Goal:

To develop high quality sequenced, spiraled, content rich curriculum models for ELA and Mathematics in NYS

Responders Include:

Responders could include, but are not limited to, State Education Agencies (SEAs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), other interested state or federal entities, creators, publishers or vendors of educational program software and/or textbooks, professional organizations, institutions of higher education, educational researchers or other experts in curriculum development and alignment.

Important Dates:

Questions may be submitted to curricrficm@mail.nysed.gov through December 30, 2010.

A Question and Answer Summary is now posted.

Responses Due by COB January 31, 2011.

Proprietary Information:

Responders should be aware that any information provided becomes public information and the responsibility of removing or redacting proprietary information that the responder wants kept private is solely the responsibility of the responder prior to submission of information to NYSED.

SED Contact:

NYS Education Department
The Office of Curriculum & Instruction
89 Washington Avenue, Room 320 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Email: curricrficm@mail.nysed.gov

Date Posted:

December 13, 2010

Purpose of this Request for Information

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking information about the development of Curriculum Models and related guidance materials designed to aid school districts and teachers in implementation of the new P-12 New York State Standards in both English Language Arts and Mathematics (including the Common Core plus any state additions) for all students in New York State.

This Request For Information (RFI) is being conducted to solicit information about best practices in statewide curriculum model development to meet the new P-12 New York State Standards, embedded formative instruction/assessments, embedded professional development for professionals of all experience levels teaching to the standards, and guidance for supporting a wide range of student populations, such as students with disabilities, English language learners, and others.

All parties with knowledge, skills and expertise in this area are encouraged to respond. Responders should include, but are not limited to, State Education Agencies (SEAs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), other interested state or federal entities, creators, publishers or vendors of educational program software and/or textbooks, professional organizations, institutions of higher education, educational researchers or other experts in curriculum development and alignment. NYSED may use the information received, as well as existing documentation, to prepare a Request for Proposal (RFP). All parties with expertise in the development of curriculum models are encouraged to respond to this RFI. Doing so will not disqualify a party from submitting a bid for a subsequent RFP should one be issued by the NYS Education Department.


Background Information

Currently, New York State Board of Regents priorities include adopting internationally-benchmarked standards and assessments that prepare students for success in college and the workplace. To support that goal, a key initiative of the department is developing world-class Statewide Curriculum Models.

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects (“the Standards”) are the culmination of an extended, broad-based effort to fulfill the charge issued by the states to create the next generation of K–12 learning standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in mathematics and literacy by the end of high school (graduation). The Standards are an extension of a prior initiative led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Governors Association (NGA) to develop College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language as well as in mathematics. These Standards were completed in the spring of 2010.

In July, 2010, the Board of Regents adopted the Common Core State Standards for ELA and Mathematics, with the understanding that New York State may make some additions. To support the implementation of these new standards, New York will develop sequenced, spiraled, content-rich PreK-12 statewide curriculum models with grade-by-grade performance expectations designed to promote college and career readiness beginning with ELA and Math. Based on priorities stated in New York State’s Race to the Top application, these curriculum models are expected to include:

  • Month-by-month learning objectives/student expectations, organized in thematic units or genre specific modules, which include formative instruction/assessment strategies to check for student understanding and specific teaching activities and student tasks further described in the bullets below. For example, see a similar model design in Louisiana’s Comprehensive Curriculum at http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/saa/2108.html external link icon
  • Grade-by-grade student expectations (standards and performance indicators), including the knowledge, skills, and understandings that students are expected to achieve at each grade;
  • Grade-level learning examples, which include developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and sample tasks to demonstrate how students can achieve standards, including resources for teachers of students with disabilities and English language learners;
  • An appendix of grade-by-grade recommended texts (fiction/nonfiction) that are representative of grade level readability as normed by various reading metrics to inform curriculum development;
  • Formative instruction/assessment tools at each grade level to permit teachers to measure ongoing student grade-level achievement;
  • Alignment tools to analyze existing programs and resources against new learning expectations;
  • Supplemental curriculum guidance for teachers of English language learners, students with disabilities, and other student subgroup populations.

Note: This is not a Request for Proposal. A contract will not be awarded based on submissions.


General Requirements

NYSED is expecting to develop curriculum models and guidance materials which can be accessed online (in primarily a digital or electronic format), but can also be offered in print for schools and teachers lacking technological resources.

Answers to the following questions are requested:

  1. What are the necessary components for a standards-based curriculum model?
  2. What criteria make a standards-based curriculum model exemplary? What exemplary models currently exist?
  3. How can the curriculum models instill higher expectations for both teachers and students of all levels in New York State?
  4. To support the use of successful curriculum models in the classroom, what technological resources are required? What educational technology tools would be needed to support instruction in the classroom as the curriculum model is implemented?
  5. What types of formative instruction/assessment tools, strategies, and related professional development should be included or embedded in the curriculum models to support classroom teachers? What types of professional development should be embedded in the curriculum models to support teaching and learning communities?
  6. What are the essential components included in the curriculum models to provide differentiated instruction to all learners, including students in various subgroup populations (such as: English Language Learners (ELLs), Students with Disabilities (SWDs), gifted and talented, economically disadvantaged, etc.)?
  7. What types of tools or protocols are available or could be developed for administrators to use to determine if the curriculum models are being implemented with fidelity? What tools or protocols are available or could be developed for principals and/or other instructional leaders to assess improved instructional practice?
  8. How might the resources of public television (i.e: http://www.oce.nysed.gov/etvpb/teachers external link icon), libraries and cultural education institutions be leveraged in building the curriculum models?
  9. What qualities and characteristics would an effective web-based Instructional Management System (IMS) for administrators and teachers possess? Basic characteristics should include rich and robust information accessible any time, any place.
  10. What process could be used to develop English Language Arts courses for grades 9, 10 and 11 which include required and recommended texts (fiction and nonfiction) and written assignments, aligned to end-of-year course assessments?
  11. What process could be used to capture examples of exemplary spiraled and sequenced curriculum-related materials from districts? For example, a text-based lesson which includes formative assessment strategies; differentiation; modifications for students with disabilities and English language learners; and embedded professional development.
  12. What performance metrics should be used to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum models, embedded formative assessments, and embedded professional development in year one of implementation? Year two? Year three? Year four?

Questions Regarding this RFI

Parties are encouraged to submit questions to curricrficm@mail.nysed.gov if they require clarification of any portion of this RFI. All questions regarding this RFI must be received no later than 5 PM, EST, on December 30, 2010: A summary of the questions and answers is now posted.

The Office of Curriculum & Instruction
89 Washington Avenue Room 320 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax: 518-473-4884
E-mail: curricrficm@mail.nysed.gov
Subject/Attention: Curriculum Model RFI

Note: This is not a Request for Proposal. A contract will not be awarded based on submissions.


Instructions for Responding to this RFI

Responses should be written in narrative form, and numbered appropriately. It is not expected that all responders answer all questions. Documents should include any appropriate samples, references to programs, links to websites, or other materials to support the response. Responses should be submitted on paper or via e-mail in a current version of Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe Acrobat, by COB January 31, 2011 to:

The Office of Curriculum & Instruction
89 Washington Avenue Room 320 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax: 518-473-4884
E-mail: curricrficm@mail.nysed.gov
Subject/Attention: Curriculum Model RFI

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