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Employment Opportunities

The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is committed to the responsible, transparent stewardship of funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top Assessment Program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Consortium follows the State of Washington’s procurement policies, based on the state’s role as fiscal agent.

Job Title

Closing Date

Location

None at this time.

   

 

Non-member Access to Smarter Balanced Resources (Availability of Consortium Resources to Non-Members)

Given the recent release of state RFPs, we want to provide you with information about a policy that the Smarter Balanced Executive Committee adopted regarding Non-member access to Smarter Balanced Resources.

The policy addresses the federal requirement that Smarter Balanced must make its resources available to non-members. The policy aligns with the requirements as described in http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/ip-faqs.pdf. One of the key requirements from the USED is that non-members must not have to incur a greater cost than the Consortium charges members. In general, the policy will allow non-members to access the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the same membership fee charged to members. Non-members, however, will not have the other benefits of membership.

We anticipate that some states may be able to procure membership in Smarter Balanced through intergovernmental agreements with UCLA. In addition, we anticipate that other states may require that service providers pay the membership fee via their test implementation contracts.

Similarly, in cases in which a state does not intend to be a member but otherwise wants access to the Consortium’s materials, we anticipate that service providers may procure access to Smarter Balanced materials on behalf of a state with which they are contracting. Further, we anticipate that service providers may elect to respond to states' RFPs based on this option.

Please direct any questions you may have to sbac@wested.org.

 

Contracts

The SMARTER Balanced procurement process adheres to best practices and is consistent with processes established by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. RFPs are developed by Consortium staff, consultants and work groups and reviewed by member states. The Executive Committee approves all RFPs. Firms that participate in the development of an RFP may not submit a proposal.

RFPs are posted on this page, and registered vendors are notified through Washington’s Electronic Business Solution (WEBS). Prospective registrants may wish to associate their organizations with the following codes that are likely to correspond to RFPs issued by SMARTER Balanced:

  • 924-05 Educational Advisory Services
  • 924-16 Instructional/Training Course Development Services
  • 918-38 Education and Training Consulting
  • 924-18 Alternative Educational Services
  • 924-19 Educational Research Services
  • 924-20 Examination and Testing
  • 924-78 Teaching and Instruction Services

Service providers also can be placed on a contact list specific to SMARTER Balanced. To sign up for this list, or for more information about current RFPs, contact Michael Middleton (michael.middleton@k12.wa.us) or Debra Crawford (debbie.crawford@k12.wa.us).

An evaluation committee specific to each RFP reviews and scores the proposals. To ensure broad review among a number of state representatives with diverse expertise, representatives from six to 10 Governing States make up this evaluation committee. Potential vendors may be invited for an oral presentation or to submit additional information. Once all of the evaluation information has been collected, the evaluation committee makes a vendor recommendation. The Executive Committee provides final approval on all contracts.

For additional information about the SMARTER Balanced procurement process, please see:

Project

Details

Updates

Closing Date

Contact Info

Informal Solicitation No. 2013-40

ELA Stimulus Passage Authoring for SBAC Assessment

Attachment A - Contractor Intake Form (Word)

Amendment 01

Due 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 21, 2013

Brenda Merritt

Past contracting opportunities that are now closed:

Project

Details

Updates

Closing Date

Contact Info

Successful Bidder

SBAC RFP No. 21

Smarter Balanced Standard Setting and Communication Services

Exhibit K - Contractor Intake Form (Word)

Exhibit M - Deliverables Matrix (Word)

Addendum 01

Amendment 01

Closed: December 18, 2013

Michael Middleton

Measurement Incorporated

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFI 2013-31

Test Delivery Certification Package

Addendum 01

Closed: September 24, 2013

Debra Crawford

RFI’s do not result in awards

SBAC RFP No. 13

Smarter Balanced Translations

Exhibit F - Contractor Intake Form (Word)

Exhibit J - Deliverable Matrix (Word)

Addendum 01

Amendment 01

Amendment 02

Closed: August 2, 2013

Michael Middleton

Tri-Lin

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 19B

Smarter Balanced Test Administration for the Field Test

Exhibit J - Deliverable Matrix

Addendum 1

Addendum 02

Addendum 03

Addendum 04

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Amendment 3

Q and A

Closed:
April 26, 2013

Michael Middleton

Educational Testing Services

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 16/17

Field Test Item & Task Writing and Pilot & Field Test Scoring

Exhibit I - Deliverables Matrix

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Addendum 3

Addendum 4

Amendment 1
- Exhibit I
- Exhibit W

Amendment 2

Amendment 3

Closed:  February 22, 2013

Michael Middleton CTB/McGraw Hill
SBAC RFP No. 24

Sustainability Cost Modeling

Addendum 1

Closed:  January 25, 2013

Brenda Merritt

Assessment Solutions Group

SBAC RFP No. 23

Digital Library with Formative Assessment Practices and Professional Learning Resources for Educators

Exhibit J (Word)

Addendum 01

Addendum 02

Amendment 01

Exhibit J Updated (Word)

Closed: October 15, 2012

Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

Amplify f/k/a Wireless Generation

Technical Proposal
SBAC RFP No. 2012-21 

Informal Solicitation for Translation Services

Addendum 01
Addendum 02

Amendment 01

Attachment A

Closed: December 3, 2012

Brenda Merritt

Second Language Testing

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 12

Achievement Level Descriptors

Exhibit K

Addendum 1

Amendment 1

Thursday, April 12, 2012, 4:30 p.m. PDT

Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

CTB

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 11

Test Delivery System

Appendix A
Appendix A Revised

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Q and A

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Due Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm PDST

Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

AIR

Proposal (PDF)
RFI

Information on Current/Future Hardware and Operating Systems for Schools

 

Due Friday, May 18, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Michael Middleton
or
Debbie Crawford

RFI’s do not result in awards

SBAC RFP No. 22

Organization Development and Business Process Consulting

Addendum 1

RFP Revised

Due Thursday, May 17, 2012, 4:30 p.m. PDT

Michael Middleton
or
Debbie Crawford

Solicitation did not result in a contract award.

SBAC RFP No. 19

Test Administration

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Due Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Michael Middleton
or
Debbie Crawford

Solicitation did not result in a contract award from the RFP. The Consortium entered into a Sole Source Contract.

SBAC RFP No. 15

Report System Development

Exhibit I (Word)

Appendix A (Word)

Appendix A Updated (PDF)

Addendum 01

Amendment 01

Amendment 02

Due Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m. PDST

Michael Middleton
or
Debbie Crawford

Wireless Generation
Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 14

SBAC Pilot Item/Task/Stimulus Research, Development, and Reviews

Addendum 1

Addendum 2 (INCLEMENT WEATHER)

Q and A

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

CTB

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 07

Item Authoring and Item Pool Application
READ ME FIRST (includes Appendix D)

Amendment 01

Amendment 02

Amendment 03

Addendum 01

Addendum 02

Q and A

Appendix A (Word)

Appendix E

Appendix F

Appendix G

Appendix H (audio link)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
4:30 p.m. PST

Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

Pacific Metrics

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 09

Test Blueprint and Computer Adaptive Test Specifications

  Closed: 11/23/11 Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 08

Participation and Training Materials

  Closed: 11/15/11 Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

Measured Progress

Proposal

SBAC RFP No. 05 Psychometric Services

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

Closed: 11/7/11 Michael Middleton

or

Debbie Crawford

Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Proposal (PDF)

SBAC RFP No. 06

Development of Accessibility and Accommodations Policies and Materials

Addendum 1 (Word)

Addendum 2

Q and A

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Closed: 10/12/11 Michael Middleton

Measured Progress

Proposal

SBAC RFP No. 04

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium Request for Proposals to Develop Item and Task Specifications, Style Guide, Bias and Sensitivity Guidelines, and Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines

Addendum 1 (Word)

Addendum 2 (PDF) (8/29/11)

Addendum 3 (PDF) (9/30/11)

Amendment 1

Amendment 2 (Word)

Amendment 3

Exhibit D

Exhibit F

Appendix E

Q and A (Word)

Closed: 10/14/11 Michael Middleton Measured Progress

Technical Proposal (PDF)
SBAC RFP No. 03

SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium IT Systems Architecture (Word)

Addendum 1 (Word)

Addendum 2 (Word)
Closed: 7/1/11 Michael Middleton

Measured Progress

Proposal

SBAC RFP No.02

IT Readiness Tool for SBAC and PARCC (Word)

Addendum 1

Addendum 2
Closed: 6/22/11 Michael Middleton

NCS Pearson

Proposal

SBAC RFP No. 01

Smarter Balanced Assessment Communications RFP

Addendum 1 (Word)

Q & A (Word)

Project Timeline

Addendum 2 (Word)

Addendum 3 (Word)

Closed: 03/25/2011

Michael Middleton GMMB Inc.

RFP 2010-07
(SBAC RFP No. 00)

Comprehensive Assessment Systems Grant - Project Management Partner

Amendment 1

Amendment 2

Amendment 3

FAQs and Supporting Documents

Closed: 07/30/2010

Michael Middleton

WestEd

 

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