CCSSO’s Technical Expertise Exchange: A Place for States, Districts, and Providers to Exchange Information to Implement Education Reform
Common Information Requests
As states strive to implement ambitious reform agendas, it has become increasingly clear that they need a streamlined process to make informed decisions about technical assistance providers. At the same time, leaders from partner organizations have expressed a strong desire to support states with affordable expertise and technical support but frustration with the existing process for openly sharing their capabilities and capacity.
Creating common Information Requests will improve the procurement process for both states and providers by providing states with shared access to information about the capabilities, capacity, and costs of potential providers. This process encourages collaboration across states in potentially identifying opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Technical Expertise Exchange differ from the RFI and RFP process?
The Information Requests included in the Technical Expertise Exchange are issued solely for information and planning purposes and do not constitute formal Requests for Information or for Proposals. The Information Requests do not commit CCSSO or its members to contract for any service and do not obligate CCSSO or its members to pay for the information or administrative costs that a person or entity may incur in responding to the requests.
What do the Information Requests Cover?
CCSSO conducted a survey of state deputies to assess which types of assistance and support are of the highest priority for states. CCSSO issued a series of four Information Requests throughout 2011 in order of priority, as requested by State Deputies and Chiefs:
- March 10th-April 7th: Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems
- Request 1. Practice Standards
- Request 2. Growth Opportunities and Supports
- Request 3. Performance Review Systems for Teachers
- Request 4. Performance Review Systems for Leaders
- Request 5. Best Practices Research
- May 4-May 24, 2011: Implementation of the Common Core State Standards
- Request 6. Transitioning from Current Systems to Revised Systems
- Request 7. Revising Curricula and Professional Development
- Request 8. Preparing for New Assessments
- Request 9. Ensuring Accessibility
- Request 10. Resource Allocation
- June 24- August 1, 2011: Longitudinal Data Systems
- Request 11. Acquiring a Longitudinal Data System
- Request 12. Accessing Longitudinal Data Systems: Identification, Privacy, Confidentiality, and Security
- Request 13. Applications of Longitudinal Data Systems
- Request 14. Building Awareness of Longitudinal Data Systems: Communication and Professional Development
- Request 15. Auditing Longitudinal Data Systems
- September 12th- October 3rd, 2011 Supporting School Improvement
- Request 16. Intervention Models
- Request 17. Impacting School Culture and Climate
- Request 18. Developing Human Capital
- Request 19. Building Capacity of Local Education Agencies and Schools
- Request 20. Use of Data in School Improvement
What was the process for developing the Information Requests?
Beginning at CCSSO's 2010 Annual Policy Forum, CCSSO consulted directly with states, business partners, and recognized experts in the procurement field to develop common Information Requests to help state and local education agencies understand the capacity and expertise that providers can offer in addressing their greatest areas of need.
How many providers are participating in the Technical Expertise Exchange?
More than 100 of the nation’s leading technical assistance providers are currently participating in the Technical Expertise Exchange.
The subject areas for the Information Requests are very broad. What if a provider has expertise in just one or a few specific areas related to a given request?
Each Information Request is divided into smaller components. For example, the first Information Request for Building Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems is divided into five components, focusing on Practice Standards, Growth Opportunities and Supports, Performance Review for Teachers, Performance Review for Leaders and Best Practices Research. This division enables a broad array of vendors and providers to respond to as many of the components as are relevant to their expertise.
How long will states and local education agency users be able to access the provider responses?
Currently, provider responses will remain on the website for an indefinite amount of time. If a provider meets the original deadline for submission, the provider may update their responses to the Information Requests as new information becomes available.
What controls has CCSSO put in place to insure the privacy of the information that providers submit?
How long are responses?
The length of responses to each request may vary, but providers were asked not to exceed fifteen pages for each response. For example, if a provider elected to respond to the Building Teacher and Leader Evaluation Systems Request 2 for information on Growth Opportunities and Supports, the response the organization uploaded to that specific request should not exceed fifteen pages.
Why are providers participating? What is their incentive?
Providers receive no financial compensation for participating in the Technical Expertise Exchange. Providers have not been promised any special consideration from state or local agencies in future contracts. For-profit and non-profit providers simply wish to share their best research, expertise, and capacity with state and local agencies in a format that does not violate procurement regulations.
Does CCSSO endorse or favor any providers in the Technical Expertise Exchange?
No, CCSSO does not specifically endorse any of the providers in the Technical Expertise Exchange, nor does CCSSO verify the accuracy or reliability of any statements made by providers. CCSSO created the Technical Expertise Exchange to serve as an open forum for states to ask questions and providers to fairly submit responses.