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Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) for Competitive Contracts

Current RFSPs

Title Brief Description Proposal Due Date
Employment Information System Application Maintenance and Support

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks the services of one or more contractors to provide two programmer/analysts on a time-and-materials basis for the maintenance and support of the Employment Information System (EIS) as defined by ISBE.  EIS is a web-based application designed to collect and house employment data about teachers, administrators, and other school personnel.

May 2, 2014
2:00 PM CST
Illinois Report Card Support, Maintenance, and Enhancements
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks a contractor to administer the Illinois Report Card for the 2014-2015 school year. The Illinois Report Card exists in two formats:  the Online Report Card and the At-a-Glance Report Card, as described in detail in this RFSP. The vendor will be responsible for a scope of work that includes two main components: (1) support and maintenance of the Illinois Report Card (which includes hosting the Online Report Card website and producing At-a-Glance Report Cards for all schools and districts) and (2) designing and implementing enhancements to both the Online and At-a-Glance Report Cards.
May 5, 2014
2:00 PM CST
QRIS Validation and Child Outcomes Study
The purpose of this RFSP is to select a contractor to conduct a validation study of center-based programs registered in ExceleRate and a child outcomes study of preschool-aged children. In consultation with a team designated by ISBE and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (OECD), the contractor will develop a study design to assess the extent to which ExceleRate Illinois meaningfully distinguishes program quality and the extent to which rating levels relate to child outcomes.
May 15, 2014
2:00 PM CDT

All RFSPs or Contract Award Notices for more than $20,000 are posted to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services’ (CMS) Procurement Bulletin. The website address is

For your convenience, a list of the State Board of Education’s RFSPs that are currently available is found above.  However, if you would like to receive any solicitations, please access the website address above to register as follows.

If you need assistance, then please contact the Illinois Procurement Bulletin Help Desk toll free at 1-866-ILL-BUYS (1-866-455-2897). Please note that registration is not required if you only want to browse through the site; however, you need to register with CMS to view any RFSPs or solicitations.

Once you are registered, you may access a solicitation by clicking on “IllinoisBid”.  On the top right of the page, select “Sort Agency”. For State Board of Education’s solicitations, scroll down to “SBE” and click on the triangle. The solicitation that you are seeking will be listed. Click on the solicitation number and the RFSP will be located at the bottom of the screen as an attachment.

Resources for Proposal Development

Information that summarizes the requirements for submitting a proposal as outlined in the RFSP is available at Tips for Completing Requests for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) PDF Format.

Ethics Requirements

Information about ethics, registration and reporting requirements, and limitations on campaign contributions for certain vendors and bidders can be found at


Section 20-160 (b) of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin (30 ILCS 500) requires that “every bid submitted to and every contract executed by the State on or after [January 1, 2009,] shall contain (1) a certification by the bidder or contractor that either (i) the bidder or contractor is not required to register as a business entity with the State Board of Elections pursuant to this Section or (ii) the bidder or contractor has registered as a business entity with the State Board of Elections and acknowledges a continuing duty to update the registration; and (2) a statement that the contract is voidable under Section 50-60 for the bidder’s or contractor’s failure to comply with this Section.”

The Agency must reject bids that do not comply with these provisions.

Further information about this process can be found in Section 1.5207 of rules governing Procurement (44 Ill. Adm. Code 1.5037).

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