RFP Number: SA-06


Curriculum Modules and Statewide Professional Development for New York State English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics



The New York State Education Department (“NYSED”) seeks proposals to develop curriculum modules with associated statewide professional development aligned to the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards, which for English Language Arts (“ELA”) & Literacy and Mathematics include the Common Core State Standards. Taken together, these standards are known as the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy (“NYS P-12 CCLS for ELA & Literacy”) and the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics (“NYS P-12 CCLS for Mathematics”).

These curriculum modules will:

  • Support teaching and learning in Grades 6-12 classrooms across New York State and provide access to sequenced, spiraled, content-rich statewide curriculum programming and instructional practices that support the attainment of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards and align to the Board of Regents’ strategic goals.
  • Include teaching and learning experiences that scaffold 6-12 grade levels, are focused on 6-12 learning progressions, and project a trajectory of learning standards in each content area (English Language Arts & Literacy and Mathematics).
  • Include curriculum maps, lesson plans, performance tasks, scaffolding materials, and other classroom artifacts. Newly developed modules will provide curriculum and instructional resources targeted to address all learners within any classroom setting.

In conjunction with these awards, vendors will also design and implement a system of statewide professional development (“PD”), aligned to the newly created curriculum modules, so that the state’s Network Teams, district administrators, teachers, and leaders have the skills and knowledge necessary to inform and support the implementation of the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards effectively across the state.

Eligible Applicants:  The eligible applicants are: Local Education Agencies (“LEAs”); Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (“BOCES”); public or private Institutions of Higher Education (“IHEs”); systems  of public IHE’s, so long as the particular institutions participating in the project, and the services each institution will provide, are identified in the proposal; not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, companies or agencies; or a consortium of any of the above. For the purposes of this RFP, an LEA is defined as a school district or a charter school. 

The lead applicant for a consortium must be an eligible individual applicant as defined above, must act as the fiscal agent on behalf of the consortium and must provide a minimum of forty percent (40%) of the services as defined in this RFP.

Subcontracting Limits: Subcontracting is not to exceed forty percent (40%) of the annual contract budget for each respective Competitive Priority Area.  Proposed subcontractors must be identified in the proposal, and NYSED reserves the right to approve all subcontractors.  Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel.  If the relationship with one subcontractor terminates during the contract term, NYSED must be notified immediately and reserves the right to reject any replacement subcontractor the vendor proposes.  Bidders are required to comply with NYSED’s Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (M/WBE) participation goals. The goals are 12% Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and 8% Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).  Please see the section on M/WBE Compliance Requirements for information regarding NYSED’s Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Procurement Policy.

Competitive Priority Areas: NYSED will award up to two (2) contracts for this RFP.  NYSED has identified two Competitive Priority Areas, which will be separately evaluated and awarded.  Details for how proposals may be submitted are located in “Section 2 – Submission” of this RFP.  An applicant may bid on one or both Competitive Priority Areas:

Competitive Priority Area 1. Curriculum Modules and PD- 6-12 NYS CCLS for ELA & Literacy

Competitive Priority Area 2. Curriculum Modules and PD - 6-HS NYS CCLS for Mathematics

Each vendor awarded a contract for a Competitive Priority Area associated with this RFP will be required to identify a team leader who will participate in mandatory quarterly face-to-face meetings (in Albany or New York City) in order to align and coordinate efforts.  The vendor will also provide a detailed, written quarterly update (to include progress, next quarter project plan, trouble shooting, and risk assessment) due one week prior to the scheduled quarterly meeting.  Quarterly meetings will be in addition to, bi-weekly coordination conference calls led by NYSED, bi-weekly written progress reports (format provided by NYSED) regarding progress on contractual obligations, and other individual check-ins as needed regarding progress on contractual obligations.

Contract Lengths: Contracts resulting from this RFP must be designated by Competitive Priority Area for a term beginning July 1, 2012 and ending September 23, 2014.

Service Area:     New York State

Mandatory Requirements: See Mandatory Requirements section of the RFP.

Components contained in this RFP Proposal are as follows:

Section 1: Description of Services to Be Performed
Section 2: Submission
Section 3: Evaluation Criteria and Method of Award
Section 4: Assurances
Section 5: Submission Documents
Section 6: Appendices

There will be a pre-proposal bidder’s conference for this RFP on, Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST. While not a mandatory requirement for purposes of submitting proposals, all interested bidders should consider attending this conference because critical project information will be shared followed by a question and answer period. The bidder’s conference will be held as a webinar. Bidders must pre-register for the webinar by sending an email to: nyscclsrfp2@mail.nysed.gov by 12:00pm on Monday, April 9, 2012 with the Subject: Bidders Webinar Reservation. Once the email is received, directions and a link for the webinar will be sent to you. The webinar, and all questions and answers resulting from it, will be posted on the NYSED Race to the Top website.

Questions About the RFP:  Questions regarding this RFP had to be sent by close of business Thursday, April 12, 2012. The question period is now closed.

Please refer to the Questions and Answers PDF icon (69 kb) document for answers to questions received.


Program Matters

Fiscal Matters

M/WBE Matters

Mary Cahill

Lynn Caruso

Joan Ramsey

Submission Information: All proposal submission requirements are outlined in “Section 2 – Submission” of this RFP.  All proposals must be submitted separately as detailed in the Submission section of the RFP, and must be received by NYSED no later than Monday, May 7, 2012 by 4:00 PM.

Note: As detailed in the Submission section of this RFP, technical proposal documents must also be submitted on CD-ROM as Microsoft Word and/or PDF documents.

The mailing address for all proposals is:

NYS Education Department
Bureau of Fiscal Management
Attn: Lynn Caruso, RFP#SA-06
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 505W EB
Albany, NY 12234

(Facsimile or e-mailed copies of the proposals are NOT acceptable)



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

Original RFP Posting Date: March 27, 2012

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Last Updated: May 23, 2012 12:05 PM