Specifications include, but are not limited to:
The general scope of work shall consist of the following requirements. The awarded
vendor(s) shall furnish student growth measure assessments that meet the following
Approximately 165 Baltimore City Public School teams and seven (7) school programs will
need training on the assessment. Additionally, there are approximately 4,000 teachers of
these students in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
A. The content scope should mirror the content scopes in the PARCC Assessment and
be aligned to the Common Core State Standards and/or the Maryland College and
Career Ready Standards (MCCRS). A willingness to adjust as more information
becomes available about the new Maryland assessment is a must.
B. Test items shall utilize a variety of modalities to assess student knowledge and should
be aligned to item types available on PARCC.
C. City Schools will consider an online only assessment, though there is preference of a
paper pencil option, especially for students with certain accommodations. Scoring for
paper options must be available within 2 weeks of submission.
D. Platform must provide comparable accommodations that are available in PARCC.
E. City Schools reserves the right to make multiple awards and will accept/consider
proposals for a subset of grades, for instance, grades K-8 or 9-11.
F. The assessment shall make use of national growth norms and provide growth normed
targets for each child tested following the initial diagnostic administration. These
growth norms will be able to differentiate based on subgroups and prior student
performance. Reporting shall provide all user levels with easy to understand and
interpret results based on student achievement of targets.
G. Preference for the ability to compare results to a national and/or virtual comparison
H. Acceptable technical characteristics including evidence of validity and reliability as well
as appropriateness of the test for use with all students.
I. Evidence that use of the assessment as a measure of growth is appropriate, including
evidence that the assessment has been used as a measure of growth in other states
or local education agencies.
J. Clearly defined and comprehensive test administration windows and procedures
providing at a minimum.