Request for Qualification (RFQ) – Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Qualifications for Student Assessments to Be Used by New York State Districts for a Portion of Teachers' and Principals' Evaluations

Full Document:

* A new RFQ will be posted in late Spring 2012. All submissions that were not received by the last due date, January 23, 2012, must be submitted using the requirements set forth in the Spring 2012 RFQ.

RFQ for School Year 2012–13:
Teacher and Principal Evaluation: Qualifications for Student Assessments to Be Used by New York State Districts for a Portion of Teachers' and Principals' Evaluations

Description:

In order to implement the provisions of Education Law §3012-c, regarding annual professional performance reviews of classroom teachers and building principals, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is soliciting applications for assessments that will be used as measures of student achievement or growth and will subsequently contribute to teachers’ and principals’ annual performance appraisals. THIS SOLICITATION WILL NOT RESULT IN A CONTRACT WITH THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. NYSED will use the objective criteria specified within to review such applications for addition to The List of Approved Student Assessments for Use by School Districts and BOCES in Teacher and Principal Evaluations ("List") (see RFQ document for definition of “BOCES”)

Eligibility:

To the extent authorized by law, entities eligible to apply to provide educator evaluation assessment services include, but are not limited to:

  • Private for-profit companies, including but not limited to test publishers and research organizations;
  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Institutions of Higher Education;
  • Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES).

Each approved provider will be responsible for meeting the terms of its agreement with the LEA.

Requirements:

Sections 2.2 and 2.3 of the full RFQ document (below) describe the mandatory requirements documentation that must be submitted for assessments to be reviewed and possibly included on New York’s Approved Assessment List. All evidence submitted in conjunction with an application will be reviewed by the NYSED-identified evaluation team. Evaluations will be guided by the Testing Standards.

In evaluating assessments and building theApproved Assessment List, strong preference will be given to applications that show that the Copyright Owner/Assessment Representative has a history of developing assessments of student learning (achievement or growth) for the purpose of defensible judgments about educator effectiveness.

Applicants may diverge from the required documentation in any part of Section 2.2 if appropriate for the assessment being proposed and if justification is provided. If evidence does not currently exist for one or more of the criteria for Section 2.2, the Applicant must submit a detailed plan for how evidence will be generated.

 

The mandatory requirements are described in Sections 2.2 and 2.3 of the full RFQ document (below). Failure to comply with the mandatory requirements may result in rejection of the application or loss of points in evaluation. Providers may diverge from the required documentation in Section 2.2 if appropriate for the assessment being proposed and if justification is provided. If evidence does not currently exist for one or more of the criteria for Section 2.2, the provider must submit a detailed plan for how evidence will be generated.

Questions:

Any questions concerning this RFQ must be emailed by Thursday, January 5, 2012 to: AssessRFQ@mail.nysed.gov. (Note: This email address is for questions only; do not submit application materials to this address.) Questions and responses thereto will be posted on the following webpage: http://usny/nysed/gov/rttt/rfq by Friday, January 13, 2012. No individual written responses will be provided.

Archived Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers from last year's RFQ (School Year 2012-13) are posted below for reference:

Date Due:

January 23, 2012
Last Updated: June 4, 2012 6:06 PM