One of the two main consortia of states developing tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards is asking for proposals from vendors to develop an ambitious array of technology services, including a platform for delivering the assessments and a warehouse for storing reams of data.
The estimated price for that work: between $16.5 million and $17.5 million, according to the organization that issued the 112-page document, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Questions have emerged among state and local officials about whether the tests, which are scheduled to be given online during the 2014-15 academic year, can be delivered smoothly and at a manageable cost.
The request for proposal put forward by PARCC, dubbed a “technology bundle,” requires prospective vendors to provide a platform for delivering the tests and develop a data-management and -reporting system.
A version of this article appeared in the September 18, 2013 edition of Education Week as Consortium Seeks Bids For Major Tech Project