RFP Number: GT-14 (Archived/Bidding Closed)


Teacher Effectiveness: Training and Tools for Teacher Evaluators

UPDATED October 27, 2011



The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is requesting proposals from qualified vendors to plan, design, and deliver a training program using a train-the-trainer model to implement new performance evaluations for teachers. The training for teacher evaluators will be provided throughout the contract period to field-based school district staff and “network teams” (defined below), who will then train evaluators of teachers, most of whom will be school principals.

The overall training program will be designed to

  1. Provide a common language to discuss effective teacher practices and actions
  2. Articulate clear expectations for effective, evidence-based teacher practice, based on the NYS Teaching Standards PDF icon
  3. Provide highly effective (as determined by specific measurements), and intensive training to teacher evaluator trainers statewide and successive, duplicative trainings for second and third cohorts in the remaining years
  4. Include the initial and on-going calibration among network team members through inter-rater reliability, defined herein as a standard whereby observers accurately assess practice against agreed-upon criteria
  5. Include an aligned set of tools, protocols, and processes for teacher performance reviews.

The successful bidder must provide the following services:

  1. Design and coordinate a coherent system of tools and training for the evaluation of teacher practice for all students, including English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, and Students Performing below Grade Level. The evaluation of teacher practice must employ evidence-based observations and be based on the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) laws and regulations http://www.p12.nysed.gov/part100/pages/1002.html#o and http://www.counsel.nysed.gov/rules/july11/100.2Subpart30-2TERMS.pdf pp. 38-41.
  2. The bidder must design and supply an assessment system which provides ongoing formative measurement of evaluator effectiveness and inter-rater reliability and reports evaluator development over time.
  3. Tools and training for teacher evaluators and teachers to develop and evaluate student learning objectives instruction in all schools.

For purposes of this RFP:

  1. Network teams are defined as: school and district support teams, with expertise in curriculum, data analysis, and instruction who are responsible for the implementation of Race to the Top Initiatives, including the new comprehensive teacher evaluation program.
  2. Tools include, but are not limited to: guidance materials for implementation and turn-key training in districts and schools; self-study guides for teachers; Web-based materials for scoring; online and print materials to assist in the implementation of the New York State Learning Standards, including the Common Core http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/standards.html , http://engageny.org/common-core/ ; and the Teacher Evaluation Rubrics http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/teachers-leaders/practicerubrics/home.html
  3. Evidence-based observation is defined as the practice of witnessing teacher practice, collecting real-time evidence (including student talk, teacher talk, student actions, teacher actions, student work, lesson plans, classroom materials, etc) and using that evidence to support claims, feedback, and evaluation against a rubric of effective practice.
  4. Student learning objectives are defined as measures of student learning growth which, according to the Education Law §3012-c, districts must develop for teacher evaluation in the non-tested areas (Guidance on New York State’s Annual Professional Performance Review Law and Regulations PDF icon) , page 15.


Eligible applicants include but are not limited to local education agencies (LEA’s); Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES); public or private institutions of higher education (IHEs); and not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, companies or agencies.

For the purposes of this RFP, an LEA is defined as a public school district or a charter school.

Subcontracting will be limited to forty percent (40%) of the annual contract budget. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel. Bidders are required to comply with NYSED’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals for this RFP. Please see the section on NYSED’s Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Compliance Requirements.

Submissions are Due By (must be RECEIVED by)

DEADLINE EXTENDED - The bid submission deadline has been extended, bid must be received at NYSED by close of business on November 4, 2011

Submission Address

NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 505W EB
Albany, NY12234

Facsimile copies of the proposals are NOT acceptable.

Issue Date

October 7, 2011

Questions Regarding This Request

Questions and Answers now posted. (POSTED - October 27, 2011)


Contact Information for Questions

Program Matters

Fiscal Matters

M/WBE Matters

Name: Ken Slentz Name: Lynn Caruso Name: Joan Ramsey





RFP Documents

All RFP documentation can be downloaded in a single file from the following:

REVISED: Bid Form Cost Proposal for Services 1-3

The Bid Form Cost Proposal for Services 1-3 was revised and MUST BE USED FOR SUBMISSION.


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