RFP Number: SA-17

Teaching is the Core

RFP Documents


  • Application Deadline Extension – The Teaching is the Core grant application deadline has been extended by one month to give BOCES, districts, and charter schools more time to prepare their applications. The new deadline is Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Applications must be received at NYSED no later than June 24, 2014, or they will not be accepted for review.
  • Questions and Answers PDF icon (288 kb) - POSTED May 12, 2014
  • Updates to RFP - POSTED 5/5/14
    1. The Eligible Applicants section of the RFP has been revised to allow a BOCES-led consortium to include non-component districts as consortium members.
    2. In the Funding and Awards section, #2 has been corrected to read "BOCES- or District-led public school consortium awards." Meaning, the maximum request amounts listed for #2 apply to both BOCES and District-led consortia, not just those consortia that are BOCES-led.
    3. In Attachment IV, District/Consortium Assessment Inventory Form, the title of the fourth column now reads "Instructional purpose (for APPR, please indicate local or SLO)," rather than "APPR purpose."
  • Prerecorded Overview Webinar now available – Posted 4/28/14

Legislative Authority

Race to the Top (RTTT) through New York State Education Department (NYSED)


The primary purpose of this request for proposals (RFP) is to support district/consortium applicants in their efforts to (1) improve the quality of all educational assessments, while also (2) reducing the number of assessments that do not contribute to teaching and learning. In addition, this RFP can help districts/consortia identify and/or develop high-quality assessments already in use for instructional or other curricular purposes that can simultaneously be used for Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) purposes.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are:

  • Individual New York State public school districts (“Districts”) with student enrollment above nineteen thousand (19,000); OR
  • Consortia, as follows:
    • A Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)-led consortium comprised of  two or more Districts as consortium members; or
    • District-led consortiums comprised of two or more Districts as consortium members; or
    • Charter School-led consortiums comprised of two or more Charter Schools as consortium members (note: a charter management organization cannot be a lead applicant or be a consortium member)

Additional requirements:

  • A BOCES is eligible only as a consortium lead.
  • The consortium lead must be an active participant in the consortium, providing a minimum of 20% of the grant activities, and cannot act solely as a flow-through for grant funds.
  • No charter school or public school district or BOCES may individually apply for, or lead or be a member of an applicant consortium, for more than one Teaching Is the Core grant application.
  • Any District with more than 19,000 students may not apply as part of a consortium, either as the lead applicant or a consortium member.


Source: Race to the Top
Estimated Funds Available: $ 16,700,000

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 three categories: (1) individual public school district with student enrollment above nineteen thousand; (2) public school consortium (either BOCES or district led); and (3) charter school consortium awards. Please see the Award Methodology section of this RFP for additional information.

Important Dates for Awarding Grants

Applications must be received by: June 24, 2014 Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification: August 2014 Anticipated Project Period: September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Questions and Answers

  • Questions and Answers PDF icon (288 kb) - POSTED May 12, 2014
  • Questions about this RFP must be sent to TITCgrants@mail.nysed.gov no later than May 2, 2014.
  • A live webinar will take place during the week of May 5, 2014 to answer those questions that have been emailed prior to the deadline, and additional questions will be invited and answered during the live webinar. Please check this website http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/sa-17/ for additional details, which will be posted no later than April 28, 2014.
  • A written Questions and Answers summary of all questions asked by email and those posed during the webinar will be posted by May 12, 2014 to http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/sa-17/.

Prerecorded Overview Webinar

Webinar Information: This prerecorded overview webinar describes the application process and expectations:

Teaching Is the Core Overview Webinar Slides PDF icon (633 KB)

Q&A Webinar

  • A written Questions and Answers summary of all questions asked by email and those posed during the webinar will be posted by May 12, 2014 to http://usny.nysed.gov/rttt/rfp/sa-17/.
  • Please see the Questions and Answers section above for information regarding a webinar that will address questions.
  • Additional webinars will be made available to successful awardees at a later date.

Letter of Intent (LOI)

Applicants are requested to submit an LOI to TITCgrants@mail.nysed.gov by 5:00 p.m. on May 15, 2014. The LOI is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an LOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A charter school applicant’s LOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials (see the New Prequalification section below for additional information).

RFP Documents

Additional information and the application materials are available in the following documents:

Original RFP Posting Date: April 22, 2014

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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 should complete and submit a Payee Information Form with their application.

NYSED's Reservation of Rights

NYSED reserves the right to: (1) reject any or all proposals received in response to the RFP; (2) withdraw the RFP at any time, at the agency's sole discretion; (3) make an award under the RFP in whole or in part; (4) disqualify any bidder whose conduct and/or proposal fails to conform to the requirements of the RFP; (5) seek clarifications of proposals; (6) use proposal information obtained through site visits, management interviews and the state's investigation of a bidder's qualifications, experience, ability or financial standing, and any material or information submitted by the bidder in response to the agency's request for clarifying information in the course of evaluation and/or selection under the RFP; (7) prior to the bid opening, amend the RFP specifications to correct errors or oversights, or to supply additional information, as it becomes available; (8) prior to the bid opening, direct bidders to submit proposal modifications addressing subsequent RFP amendments; (9) change any of the scheduled dates; (10) waive any requirements that are not material; (11) negotiate with the successful bidder within the scope of the RFP in the best interests of the state; (12) conduct contract negotiations with the next responsible bidder, should the agency be unsuccessful in negotiating with the selected bidder; (13) utilize any and all ideas submitted in the proposals received; (14) unless otherwise specified in the solicitation, every offer is firm and not revocable for a period of 90 days from the bid opening; (15) require clarification at any time during the procurement process and/or require correction of arithmetic or other apparent errors for the purpose of assuring a full and complete understanding of an offerer's proposal and/or to determine an offerer's compliance with the requirements of the solicitation; (16) to request best and final offers.

Last Updated: May 13, 2014