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California High School Exit Examination Independent Evaluation

NOTE: The application due date for this program has passed.

Funding Description

Education Code Section 60855 required the California Department of Education (CDE) to contract for an independent evaluation of the CAHSEE beginning in January 2000. Each evaluation report must include the following: (1) an analysis of pupil performance, broken down by grade level, gender, race or ethnicity, and portion of the exam, including any trends that become apparent over time, (2) an analysis of the exam's effects, if any, on college attendance, pupil retention, graduation, and dropout rates, including an analysis of these effects on the subgroups, and (3) an analysis of whether the exam is likely to have, or has, differential effects, whether beneficial or detrimental, on the subgroups described above. The evaluation reports must include recommendations to improve the quality, fairness, validity, and reliability of the CAHSEE.


Eligible Applicants Nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies
Required Eligibility Criteria The bidder must have at least 36 months of experience in the evaluation of large-scale assessments and must be legally constituted and qualified to do business within the state of California. With the exception of bidders whose legal status precludes incorporation, bidders who are not fully incorporated and in good standing will be disqualified.
Other Eligibility Considerations Not applicable
Eligible Grade Level(s) Not applicable
Eligible Age Level(s) Not applicable


Legal Authority Education Code Section 60855; Budget Item 6110-113-0890(6)
Source / Type Federal / Contract
State Fiscal Year 2010-11
SACS Resource / Revenue Codes 5810 / 8290
Total Available $350,000
Recipient Amount Unavailable
Match Requirement No
Allocation Formula Each proposal will be evaluated to determine responsiveness to the requirements and standards as described in this RFP. Following the time and date for receipt of proposals, each Technical Proposal will be opened and evaluated using a two-step process. Step 1, Part 2, Technical Evaluation, shall yield numeric score ratings. A review panel using a consensus process will rate each proposal on the criteria described in Step 1, Part 2. Part 1 of the process is the public opening of the envelope containing the cost information. Only those proposals passing Step 1 (Parts 1 and 2) of the process shall have their cost proposals opened and read. Step II of the process consists of the evaluation of the cost. The CDE will review the Cost Proposals for compliance with the standards and requirements in the RFP. The Small business Preference shall be computed.

Important Dates

Date Application Available July 14, 2010
Due Date September 8, 2010
Expected Notification Date September 30, 2010

Additional Information

Application RFP-10: CAHSEE Evaluation (CA Dept of Education) []
Background California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) []
Fiscal Funding Results []
Other Unavailable


Program Deborah Probst, 916-319-0362,
Fiscal Gayle Jamerson, 916-319-0340,
Division Assessment Development & Administration Division, 916-445-9449 (phone), 916-319-0962 (fax)
Last Modified: October 1, 2010

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