Government Contract | Iowa
Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring

Bid Information

Bid Alert No: 00000537830

Bid Title: Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring

Agency Bid No. Title: GF096

Received Date: 04/12/2016

Close Date: 05/09/2016

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: Des Moines, Iowa

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Questions Due By 04/29/2016 03:00 PM


Specifications include, but are not limited to:. GeneralThe Iowa Department of Education (Department) is soliciting Vendors to provide information about Universal Screening and Progress Monitoring assessments in reading at prekindergarten through grade six that would be used in a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework. Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in Iowa, also known as Response to Intervention or RtI, is an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the needs of all students starting in general education. As an every-education process, MTSS allows educators to judge the overall health of their educational system by examining data on all students (general and special education) as well as identifying students who need additional supports. Those supports are provided in both small group and individual settings, and measured to determine if these supports are making a difference to ensure all learners demonstrate proficiency in the Iowa Core standards and leave school ready for life. The process provides students with evidence-based instruction and interventions matched to their needs and monitors student progress to improve their educational outcomes. MTSS takes place within tiered levels of instruction. In Iowa, these tiers are labeled Universal, Targeted, and Intensive. In an effective MTSS process, teachers assess all students at least three (3) times a year, using a valid universal screener, to determine which students need more targeted or intensive instruction. Students identified as needing more targeted or intensive instruction are provided with evidence-based instructional interventions and are monitored frequently using a valid progress monitoring assessment. In grades K-3 this process is also mandated by Iowa law to support early literacy development. The Department has identified critical features for both universal screening and progress monitoring assessments. Universal screening assessments must be predictive of future academic success, identify who is at-risk, be conducted at least three (3) times a year with performance targets established at each screening window, have a sound methodology for standard setting, and be efficient to administer and score. Progress monitoring assessments must provide evidence of rates of growth and level of performance, provide equivalent forms that can be used frequently, be conducted on a routine basis, and efficient to administer and score. These assessments must also provide adequate reliability and validity, provide for quick availability of data collected. For an assessment to be approved to be used to meet the K-3 early literacy development requirements, it meet minimum standards on these same data elements. 1.2Background InformationIn the winter of the 2012-2013 school year the Department requested and reviewed information and Proposals for a statewide universal screener (US) and progress monitoring (PM) assessment system for preschool through 6th grade literacy. There were two outcomes from this process. The Department reviewed all submitted assessments, and identified assessments to be purchased and supported across the state for all schools interested in participating in an early warning system for literacy to support implementation of a Response to Intervention (RtI) process, later called a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS). In addition, the results of the reviews were published to inform users of the relevant technical qualities of other literacy measures that might be used in local schools as they made selections for their own universal screening and progress monitoring measures.In the 13-14 school year the Department, along with the Area Education Agency (AEA) system and local schools implemented a first phase of an MTSS system including FAST and IGDIs assessments supported in a data system designed to facilitate the collection and use of the data. Subsequent enactment and funding of a law mandating screening and monitoring progress of all K-3 students in public schools created a requirement for the Department to provide an approved list of assessments for US and PM in K-3 Reference to Iowa Code Section 279.68 may be found at The results of the review process conducted in 12-13 were used to produce the initial list of approved assessments. The present RFI is intended to offer the opportunity for assessment developers and Vendors to provide updated information or submit new assessments for consideration and review as potential approved assessments to meet the requirements of Iowa Code Section 279.68 and for general use in MTSS applications. The outcome of the current RFI may result in the addition of assessment tools that presently are not on the approved list. Measures currently on the Department approved list will not be removed if new information is not submitted. SECTION 2 PURPOSEThe purpose of this RFI is to obtain information regarding assessments for universal screening and progress monitoring of early literacy (PK-6) and to determine which of these assessments might meet the specific requirements of Iowa Code Section 279.68. Vendors are provided the opportunity to submit information for review for an assessment to be considered as an approved universal screening measure and/or progress monitoring measure. The information requested is based on a set of criteria established by the Department. These requirements are outlined briefly in Section 3 of this document. This information will be gathered via an email submission to the RFI Issuing Officer using the available Submission Appendix which formats a submission. If there are multiple assessments within a broader assessment package each assessment should be clearly identified and delineated from one another if it can be scored separately and stand alone as an individual assessment. For example, if there are multiple assessments at each grade (e.g., passage reading, decoding inventory, and spelling assessment) each assessment should be clearly identified and all supporting evidence reported separately. In addition, if these assessments are also combined into a composite score which is used for universal screening or progress monitoring, the composite should be entered as a separate assessment. It is possible that an assessment could be used for multiple purposes. For example, if an assessment uses a composite score for the purposes of universal screening but uses the individual assessments for progress monitoring, then each assessment must be entered in the system with all relevant information included (i.e., universal screening items completed for the composite and progress monitoring items completed for the individual assessments). Technical characteristics for each of the subsections in Section 3 that can be separated and identified by grade should be. For example, validity coefficients for a measure should be separated and identified by grade rather than aggregated or averaged across grades and a single number reported.

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Product Code: 78590

Agency Information

Issuing Agency: State of Iowa - Department of Education

State: Iowa

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: 400 East 14th Street, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, Iowa, 50319



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