RFP Number: SA-08


Virtual Advanced Placement® (VAP) Program



RECENT UPDATES

  • Questions and Answers PDF icon (83 kb) - POSTED September 17, 2012
  • UPDATED: Answers to questions 31, 32 and 34 were added to the questions and answers document. POSTED September 18, 2012

LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY

Race to the Top (RttT) funds through the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

PURPOSE

To develop the capacity of local school districts and other eligible applicant entities to provide virtual learning (online and blended) Advanced Placement® (AP®) coursework to eligible students.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Public school districts and public charter schools which have at least 25% of students from low-income families as determined using the criteria specified under section 1113(a)(5) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA); a Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)-led consortium of public school districts which have at least 25% of students from low-income families as determined by the criteria specified; or a charter school consortium in which all schools meet the 25% of students from low-income families criteria specified and the lead applicant is a charter school (not a charter management organization). All applicants must be located in New York State.
ESEA criteria: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/esea02/pg2.html#sec1113 external-link.

Eligible districts and charter schools are listed in Appendix B of this RFP. Note: If you believe your district or school is eligible to submit an application in response to this RFP and your school or district is not included on the list of eligible districts or schools please contact NYSED immediately at VirtualNY@mail.nysed.gov.

FUNDING

Source: RttT

Estimated Funds Available: $17,105,000

Awards will be made subject to availability of funding by the U.S. Department of Education.

DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDING

Funds available will be divided into two categories: single public school district or individual charter school awards, and consortium awards. The funding allocated for individual school district/public charter school applications is $7,105,000 and the funding allocated for consortium applications is $10,000,000.

Only those proposals that receive a final score of 75 or higher on the application will be considered for funding.

Eligible applicants can apply individually or as a part of a consortium, but not both. No school, school district, or BOCES may apply for or be listed in a consortium as a participant for more than one Virtual Advanced Placement® (VAP) Program grant application.  Please see the Funding & Awards section for information on funding levels.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR AWARDING GRANTS

Applications must be postmarked by: October 1, 2012

Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification:
November 16, 2012

Anticipated Project Period:
1/2/13-8/31/14

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Questions about this RFP should be sent no later than September 7, 2012 to the e-mail address identified below. Questions and Answers will be posted on September 14, 2012 at http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/. No individual responses will be provided.

NYSED CONTACTS

Program Matters:
Lawrence Paska
VirtualNY@mail.nysed.gov

Fiscal Matters:
Lynn Caruso
VirtualNY@mail.nysed.gov

NOTE: All entities except for public entities exempted by the State Comptroller are required to go through the contract process.   Any agency that has not previously received funding with the State Education Department must complete and submit a Payee Information Form external-link with their application.

TABLE OF IMPORTANT DATES

Activity

Date

RFP issued and posted

8/6/12

Final Receipt of Questions

9/7/12

Official Responses to Questions posted

9/14/12

Proposal Due Date (postmarked by)

10/1/12

Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification

11/16/12

Anticipated Program Start

1/2/13

The New York State Education Department does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, religion, creed, disability, marital status, veteran status, national origin, race, gender, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or sexual orientation in its educational programs, services and activities.  Portion of any publication designed for distribution can be made available in a variety of formats, including Braille, large print or audiotape, upon request.  Inquiries regarding this policy of nondiscrimination should be directed to the Department’s Office for Diversity, Ethics, and Access, Room 530, Education Building, Albany, NY 12234.

RFP DOCUMENTS


Original RFP Posting Date: August 6, 2012

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