STATE OF INDIANA
Request for Information RFI 19-067
INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION
On Behalf of the
Indiana Department of Education
School Improvement Technical Assistance Partners
Response Due Date:
Response Due Date: February 15, 2019 by 3:00 PM EST
Stephanie Nelson, Senior Account Manager
Indiana Department of Administration
402 W. Washington St., Room W478
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION 19-067
This is a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Indiana Department of Administration
(IDOA) on behalf of the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) regarding School
Improvement Technical Assistance Partners.
It is the intent of IDOA to solicit responses to this Request for Information in accordance with
the specifications contained in this document and associated attachments. Neither this RFI nor
any response (proposal) submitted hereto is to be construed as a legal offer.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE OF THE RFI
The Indiana Department of Education invites technical assistance partners to join the state’s
efforts to transform low-performing schools and ensure that all students, regardless of where
they live, have access to schools that prepare them for college and career. Interested technical
assistance partners will engage with district and school leaders to support innovative school
improvement solutions across the state.
Leaders need technical assistance partners willing to collaborate and able to add expertise and
capacity to schools with persistent challenges. Too few, if any, opportunities exist for district and
school leaders to meaningfully collaborate with potential external partners. Together, we can
change this reality by working together for student success. The Indiana Department of
Education is committed to ensuring that all districts, all schools, and all students are positively
impacted by locally-driven school improvement efforts. To help realize this vision, the Indiana
Department of Education is looking for expert partners willing to work with district and school
leaders to design and support the implementation of innovative school improvement solutions.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates an important opportunity to improve
achievement for students in persistently low performing schools. The Indiana Department of
Education will support the state’s low-performing schools by helping to facilitate strategic
partnerships between local and national technical assistance partners and these schools and their
districts. Research suggests that while school improvement strategies are varied, nearly every
effective model relies on external support. As such, Indiana seeks to identify technical assistance
partners that can provide best in-class, evidence-based supports to districts and schools that will
dramatically improve student achievement. Specifically, the Indiana Department of Education
will use responses to this RFI to:
Create an inventory of high-quality, proven school improvement partners.
Invite selected partners to join district and school leaders for an interactive school
improvement summit scheduled for April 23-24, 2019. This summit will bring together local
Indiana district and school leaders as well as the most promising school improvement
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partners from within Indiana and across the country. Technical assistance partners will have
the opportunity to share their evidence-based interventions and track record of impact with
district and school leaders; district and school leaders will leave the summit with potential
technical assistance partners that meet their specific needs.
The Indiana Department of Education seeks to identify expert technical assistance partners
locally and across the country to join our district and school leaders in their efforts to transform
Indiana’s lowest-performing schools. These technical assistance partners may provide a range of
supports to schools, including but not limited to:
1. Comprehensive school improvement providers who deliver holistic support on all aspects of
2. Technical assistance partners with targeted expertise in necessary elements of school
improvement such as:
a. Leadership development;
b. Teacher development;
c. Rigorous instruction;
d. Data-driven decision making;
e. Culturally responsive teaching; and
f. Student and school culture.
3. Targeted support to address opportunity and achievement gaps felt by specific subgroups of
students such as English Language Learners, exceptional learners, or students of color.
4. Direct student services including tutoring, college and career counseling, and alternative
access to unique courses such as AP courses.
The Indiana Department of Education welcomes responses from a range of entities, including
not-for-profits, start-up organizations, and institutions of higher education. These organizations
must be willing to partner with local districts and schools to co-construct and execute school
The Indiana Department of Education requests that potential partners supply the required
information (listed below) in order to determine their eligibility to be invited to the school
improvement summit. A list of and background information on invited partners will be provided
to district and school leaders in advance of the summit to review for alignment to their school
improvement challenges and needs.
If a technical assistance partner responded to RFI 18-094 in 2018 and was selected to attend the
2018 School Improvement Summit based on the merits of their response, the technical assistance
partner must still respond to this RFI to be considered for the 2019 School Improvement
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RESPONSE FORMAT AND ATTACHMENTS
Respondents should submit responses to the RFI describing how they will meet the specific
requirements of this RFI and the deliverables included within. All narrative responses must be
provided to the State in Microsoft Word format. Respondents must structure their response
according to the sections outlined below to facilitate the State’s review of the responses.
THE TOTAL RESPONSE, INCLUDING ATTACHMENTS, SHOULD NOT BE
MORE THAN FIVE (5) PAGES IN LENGTH.
In no more than five (5) pages, please tell us about your organization, its accomplishments, and
how it can help improve educational outcomes for students in low-performing schools across
Indiana. Please be sure to include the information requested below.
o Legal form of the respondent’s business organization.
o Organization name.
o Organization address.
o Organization contact person, contact email, and phone number.
o Summarize your organization’s mission and its connection to Indiana’s plan for
o How will you differentiate your services to meet the unique needs of districts and
schools in Indiana?
o Describe your experience working with other third-party providers to support
collaborative district and school improvement efforts.
o What are the attributes of your ideal partner district and/or school?
o What support from the state, district, or school partners would enhance your success
Evidence of Track Record of Student and School Outcomes
o Illustrate your organization’s track record of improving schools and/or increasing
outcomes for targeted subgroups of students.
o Describe the evidentiary threshold (Table 1) met by your organization’s service(s),
citing at least one study with a statistically significant positive effect on student
o It is the respondent’s responsibility to describe at least one study with a
statistically significant positive effect on student outcomes for each of the
services that they are proposing.
o Respondents can utilize multiple resources to help them determine if an intervention,
strategy, or activity meets the evidence requirements outlined in Table 1, based on
rigorous studies from a reputable third-party evaluator.
What Works Clearinghouse: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wcc
Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Resources: http://ies.ed.gov
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o The Indiana Department of Education will not accept a response that does not
meet these evidentiary requirements as defined by the Every Student Succeeds
Table 1: Evidence-Based Interventions as Defined by ESSA
Based on at least one (1) well-designed and well-implemented
Moderate Evidence Based on at least one (1) well-designed and well-implemented quasi-
Promising Evidence Based on at least one (1) well-designed and well-implemented
correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias.
o Include a list of at least (3) three clients for whom the respondent has provided
services that are the same or similar to the services requested in this RFI.
o Information provided should include the name, title, organization, and phone
number of a person who may be contacted for further information.
School Improvement Summit Attendance
o If invited, are you able to attend our school improvement summit on April 23-24,
2019 in Indianapolis?
o Which individuals from your organization would attend?
If you would like to provide a response to this RFI for the IDOE, you must provide your
response to the State as shown in the RFI Timeline and Response Submission section below in
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