RFP Builder for K-8 Adaptive Math Software Products
An interactive tool to assist in completing an adaptive math curriculum RFP that uniquely reflects district requirements.
8/12/2016 3:55:00 PM
Creating an RFP for a K-8 math curriculum is a complex and lengthy process. We have designed this interactive RFP tool to help district leaders get a jumpstart on creating an adaptive math curriculum RFP that reflects the unique requirements of an individual district. It is designed to guide discussion in developing the questions you wish to include in your own math RFP. It can also be used as a reference tool throughout the RFP process as vendors begin to respond and fine-tune their requirements.
Whether the creation of the RFP is the responsibility of one person or a committee, this RFP Builder will help you organize your thinking about how to incorporate more rigorous math standards into the curriculum. The purpose of new math standards is to help students develop a deeper level of understanding of essential math principles along with the ability to apply their learning to new situations.
Previous research on the components of adaptive math programs revealed confusion about important core elements of an adaptive math curriculum. Based on input from math education experts, including the educators at DreamBox Learning, we have developed 16 key criteria central to an effective adaptive math program. To read more detail on this research, see K-8 Buyer's Guide for Online Math.
The RFP tool begins with these 16 core mathematical concepts organized into five categories:
1. Focus, Coherence, & Rigor
2. Deep Learning & Independent Problem-Solving
3. Micro-Adaptive Within Lessons
4. Macro-Adaptive Between Lessons
5. Classroom Partnership
Each mathematical concept can be rated as not important, nice to have, or very important to prioritize and organize individual concepts at a more granular and practical level.
Next is a checklist of additional questions for potential vendors concerning technology requirements, implementation, professional development, data needs, assessment, and standards. Districts may select some or all of these questions to include in the final RFP.
RFP Builder Results
Since this is an interactive tool, your district’s unique priorities will be indicated in bar graphs that show the relative importance of each mathematical concept to your adaptive math curriculum. These are followed by additional resources that may be helpful in clarifying the specific product capabilities needed to support your math curriculum.
Clicking on the button at the bottom of the RFP Builder generates a Word document that includes the information that is unique to your district along with clickable links to additional resources. You can copy and paste these results and resources into your own adaptive math curriculum RFP.
The RFP Builder can be used as a way to initiate the RFP development process or it can serve as a reference document throughout the process as vendors begin to respond.
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