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Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) for Competitive Contracts

Title Brief Description Proposal Due Date
 Evaluation of the Statewide System of Support and Impact on Student Achievement

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks a contractor to conduct an evaluation to determine the effectiveness of the Statewide System of Support (SSoS) on raising student achievement. The evaluation will include content specialists, partners’ products/resources/tools, professional development, and technical assistance related to the work being conducted by the Illinois Center for School Improvement (CSI). The Illinois CSI’s service includes district liaisons and district teams who receive a combination of products/resources/tools, professional development, and technical assistance, as well as the District Leadership Team (DLT) Learning Network.

The final evaluation report will include information about the effectiveness of the SSoS, as well as examples of promising practices that are being implemented by districts and/or schools.

September 22, 2014
2:00 PM CDT
School-Based HIV/STD Prevention Grant Evaluation

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks a contractor to develop an evaluation process and conduct an evaluation of the activities implemented to meet the requirements of the Promoting Adolescent Health Through School-Based HIV/STD Prevention and School-Based Surveillance federal grant.  Project evaluation services include the ongoing evaluation of performance to determine the impact of the grant’s activities in the attainment of expected outcomes.  The contractor will provide written and oral reports to the ISBE Project Director and others, as requested by ISBE.  The contractor will have the experience and qualifications necessary to evaluate project goals, processes, and performance outcomes.  For additional information regarding the strategies, activities, and outcomes to be evaluated, please go to

October 2, 2014
2:00 PM CDT
Illinois Licensure Tests for Educators

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks a contractor to develop, validate, field test, conduct standard setting, administer, and score computer-based licensure tests for those seeking an educator license in Illinois. The contractor must also provide extensive customer service to examinees and intensive supports including, but not limited to, the seamless downloading of score reports to ISBE and Illinois institutions of higher education (IHE). All educator licensure tests that are required must be available on July 1, 2015 to avoid any disruption to candidates.

October 6, 2014
2:00 PM CDT
New Illinois Learning Standards Implementation Evaluation

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks a contractor to evaluate the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) by Illinois school districts.  The purpose of this independent evaluation is to determine the degree to which elementary, middle, and high school districts have fully implemented the ILS in English language arts and mathematics.  One  goal of this evaluation is to collect and analyze school district assessment data to determine the degree to which the implementation of curriculum guidance and the corresponding instruction aligned to the ILS has led to higher standard achievement relative to the new standards.

October 8, 2014
2:00 PM CDT

All RFSPs or Contract Award Notices for more than $20,000 are posted to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Procurement Bulletin. The website address is

For your convenience, a list of the State Board of Education’s RFSPs that are currently available is found above.  However, if you would like to receive any solicitations, please access the website address above to register as follows.

If you need assistance, then please contact the Illinois Procurement Bulletin Help Desk toll free at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897). Please note that registration is not required if you only want to browse through the site; however, you need to register with CMS to view any RFSPs or solicitations.

Once you are registered, you may access a solicitation by clicking on “IllinoisBid”.  On the top right of the page, select “Sort Agency”. For State Board of Education’s solicitations, scroll down to “SBE” and click on the triangle. The solicitation that you are seeking will be listed. Click on the solicitation number and the RFSP will be located at the bottom of the screen as an attachment.

Resources for Proposal Development

Information that summarizes the requirements for submitting a proposal as outlined in the RFSP is available at Tips for Completing Requests for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) PDF Format.

Ethics Requirements

Information about ethics, registration and reporting requirements, and limitations on campaign contributions for certain vendors and bidders can be found at


Section 20-160 (b) of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (30 ILCS 500) requires that “every bid submitted to and every contract executed by the State on or after [January 1, 2009,] shall contain (1) a certification by the bidder or contractor that either (i) the bidder or contractor is not required to register as a business entity with the State Board of Elections pursuant to this Section or (ii) the bidder or contractor has registered as a business entity with the State Board of Elections and acknowledges a continuing duty to update the registration; and (2) a statement that the contract is voidable under Section 50-60 for the bidder’s or contractor’s failure to comply with this Section.”

The Agency must reject bids that do not comply with these provisions.

Further information about this process can be found in Section 1.5207 of rules governing Procurement (44 Ill. Adm. Code 1.5037).

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