National Assessment of Adult Literacy
UPDATE May 10, 1999
Amendment 2 to the solicitation has been issued. The proposal due date has been extended. Proposals are now due May 25, 1999 at 3 P.M. E.S.T. The text to Amendment 2 as well as some changes to the proposal preparation instructions are available below in the file "AMEND2.ZIP". Also, the file "RFP.PDF", added below, is a PDF version of the RFP that includes the changes from Amendments 1 and 2. The file "RFP.DOC" has been moved into the "ATTACH.ZIP" file.
SOLICITATION NUMBER: RFP ED-99-R-0016
DUE DATE: May 25, 1999, 3 P.M. E.S.T.
POC: Nadine S. Kim, Contract Specialist at (202) 260-1679
The United States Department of Education has a requirement for a complex national study that includes an assessment of the English-language literacy skills of American adults and a survey data collection based on an extensive background questionnaire. This project has several purposes. One is to describe and explain the nature, extent, and current status of the literacy abilities (prose, document, and quantitative literacy/ numeracy) of adults in the United States. The second purpose is to measure and report changes in literacy abilities of the nation's adults over time. That is, NAAL will provide indicators of trends in the prose and document literacy proficiencies of the U.S. adult population since 1992 and of the young adult population since 1985. Thus, the project seeks to collect data that not only explain key predictors and outcomes of literacy but also are comparable to those from prior national surveys conducted by NCES (National Center for Education Statistics). A third objective is to inform federal and state policy and programs. Toward this end, the NAAL seeks to provide literacy estimates by state of the literacy skills of major subpopulations of adults and to facitlitate statewide evaluations of literacy results. A secondary aim of this project is to provide a basis for comparisons between the literacy abilities and educational experiences of American adults and those of adults in other countries. It is anticipated that a Performance-Based, Cost Reimbursable Contract will be awarded.
Requests for copies of the RFP may be made by telephone, mail, telegram, Internet, or in person. All requests shall reference the RFP number (ED-99-R-0016) and title. Telephone requests may be placed by calling 202-708-6498. Mail or telegram requests shall be sent to the following address, U.S. Department of Education/CPO, ATTN: Yolanda Abney, Room 3616, 7th & D Streets, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4443. Internet requests may be sent to Yolanda_Abney@ed.gov. Copies of the RFP may be picked up in person on the issuing date at the above address, Room 3616. Issue date is April 20, 1999 and Closing date is 2:00PM EST May 21, 1999. All responsible sources may submit a proposal which will be considered. The dates listed herein are subject to change.
Contact Gary Weaver at (202) 401-0083 for downloading problems only.
SOW.DOC (127K) - Statement of Work, Attachment A to RFP, in MS Word 6.0/95 format.
RFP.PDF (203K) - Request for Proposal, updated through Amendment 2, in PDF format. Retains formatting exactly as original, hardcopy RFP. (PDF format allows you to view your form electronically on most computers. The Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free, is required to view and print PDF files.)
ATTACH.ZIP (127K) - Snapshot of Request for Proposal in MS Word 6.0/95 format. Some formatting from the hardcopy RFP changes during the "snapshot" and conversion to MS Word. Also, Attachments B-H to the RFP, all in MS Word 95 format. Eight files total, zipped for easy downloading. Zip utility software is required to extract the files before they can be viewed in MS Word.
AMEND1.ZIP (11K) - Amendment 1 to the RFP and a revised Table of Contents and Schedule of Deliverables. Three files total, zipped for easy downloading. Zip utility software is required to extract the files before they can be viewed in MS Word.
AMEND2.ZIP (13K) - Amendment 2 to the RFP and revised Technical Proposal instructions. Two files total, zipped for easy downloading. Zip utility software is required to extract the files before they can be viewed in other applications.