Establishing a Common-Core Assessment Program: A Contract Conundrum

States attempting to adopt a common-core-aligned state assessment, particularly those committed to a national consortium, are finding the procurement process to be more complicated than in the past. In particular, efforts to identify an assessment prior to the RFP process are regarded as awarding sole source contracts outside of the intent and letter of state procurement policies. Understanding the ways in which the emerging common core assessment landscape is similar to the current assessment development process and how it differs can be helpful in crafting an appropriate argument to successfully navigate through the procurement process.