SECTION ONE INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE
1.1 PURPOSE OF THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) on behalf of the State Board of Education (SBOE) seeks to identify
qualified proposals to provide a high school equivalency examination aligned to the Texas Essential
Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the Texas College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS), and
equivalent to what a recent high school graduate should know and be able to do. The selected Provider
(herein referred to as “Provider”) would provide a high school equivalency assessment that shall be
the basis for TEA to issue the Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency.
The proposal shall demonstrate how the selected Provider will make available a high school
equivalency assessment for use in a variety of TEA approved testing centers throughout the state
including those at correctional facilities.
Eligible Providers are nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education (IHEs), and private or
Providers must meet the following criteria:
Demonstrate extensive experience providing a high stakes testing program including a
minimum of three (3) years of experience providing services for large-scale (e.g. statewide or
national) high stakes testing. A “high stakes” testing program includes assessments used for
federal and state educational accountability purposes, student graduation requirements, and
college qualification or entrance exams.
Demonstrate experience in developing and administering large-scale assessments, training
for test administration staff, security of examination materials, and storage of confidential data
and transfer of that data.
Demonstrate a proven track record of managing and implementing large scale projects.
Demonstrate knowledge of successful instruction and academic practices at the secondary
school level in relation to providing high stakes testing.
Demonstrate financial stability.
The SBOE will select the provider(s) based upon a number of criteria, including the Provider’s
demonstrated competence, experience, knowledge, qualifications, written and verbal communication
skills, and ability, in the absence of disqualifying relationships or conflicts of interest, and
reasonableness of proposed fees, among others. SBOE reserves the right to make one award in the
best interests of the State, as a result of this RFP process.
No funding is directly associated with this request for proposals.
1.2 BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Over 3.5 million adult Texans lack an accredited high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
Lacking these credentials makes seeking employment or higher education challenging. Since the
early 1940’s, high school equivalency exams have given Texans the opportunity to demonstrate their
knowledge thereby increasing their employability and opportunities to further their education.
Approximately 53,000 individuals take high school equivalency exams each year in Texas. Currently,
these exams are administered in over 152 public computer-based testing centers with an additional
133 correctional facilities administering the examinations on paper or computer.
RFP # 701-15-013