PARCC Releases RFP

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PARCC Releases RFP For Item Tryouts, Field Testing, Research And Form Construction


Washington, D.C.Oct. 31, 2012 –The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a 23-state consortium working together to create next generation assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics, released through Indiana's Department of Administration (IDOA), a request for proposal (RFP) for item tryouts, field testing, embedded research, practice tests, and forms construction for the first operational year of the assessment. The RFP also calls for vendors to develop technical and cost options for administering and scoring PARCC operational assessments in 2014-2015. The activities in the RFP are divided into five sections:

  • Item tryout: The purpose of the item tryout is to better understand how assessment items, tasks, and innovations are functioning and to refine test administration, data collection, scoring materials and procedures. Item tryouts will occur in the spring of 2013.
  • Field testing: The purpose of the field test is to administer items and tasks to representative samples of students across PARCC states in order to generate the data necessary to assemble multiple forms for operational testing in 2014-2015 and beyond. Field testing will occur in the spring of 2014.
  • Operational forms: The RFP calls for vendors to use the item/task data generated by the field test to assemble multiple test forms for each content area (English language arts/literacy and mathematics) and for each of the grades 3-11. For mathematics at the high school level, forms will be assembled for each of six end-of-course assessments.
  • Embedded research: A total of seven research studies will be conducted to inform operational test administration, scoring procedures and the development of metrics for reporting the results of operational assessments. Research activities will occur throughout the item tryout and field test phases, as well as during summer 2013 following item tryouts.
  • Cost option: The RFP includes a request for the administration and scoring of the first operational exam and a standalone field test during the first operational year, as a cost option to PARCC. PARCC may choose to exercise this option and include these activities under a contract that will be assigned to the new PARCC operational organization after the grant period.


As part of the field testing section, a practice test consisting of representative items at each grade level will be constructed and made available to all students in all PARCC states in computer-administered mode as a practice test after data from field testing is completed. The practice test will allow students in PARCC states to gain experience with the innovations incorporated into PARCC assessments.

PARCC issued an RFP which included some of this work and was split into two components. There was a protest of the original award, and it was determined that reissuing a revised solicitation would be in the best interest of PARCC. At this time PARCC, acting through the IDOA, is rebidding both components of the previous iteration of the RFP, now as one component.

For more information or questions about the RFP and the procurement process, please contact the Indiana Department of Administration.

RFP 13-29 can be found at http://www.in.gov/idoa/proc/bids/RFP-13-29/.

To learn more about PARCC, visit www.parcconline.org or follow the consortium on Twitter at http://twitter.com/PARCCPlace or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PARCC.


Media Contact: Chad Colby (202) 419-1570, ccolby@achieve.org 



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About PARCC

PARCC is an alliance of states working together to develop common assessments serving nearly 25 million students. PARCC's work is funded through a four-year, $185 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Partners include about 200 higher education institutions and systems representing hundreds of campuses across the country that will help develop the high school component of the new assessment – and then put it to good use as an indicator of student readiness. PARCC is led by its member states and managed by Achieve, a nonprofit group with a 15-year track record of working with states to improve student achievement by aligning K-12 education policies with the expectations of employers and the postsecondary community. PARCC's ultimate goal is to make sure all students graduate from high school college- and career-ready. For more information, visit www.parcconline.org .

 

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