Issued the Request for Proposals for the IIS February 27, 2012
Reviewed vendors’ proposals April-June 2012
Data Integration Pilot Fall 2012
Vendor(s) Approval And Contract Award December 2012
IIS Pilots* Mid 2013
*IIS Pilots will focus initially on instruction and learning tools, followed by assessment, and then professional development.

How We Got Here:

On February 11, 2011, DPI issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a planning team to assist in gathering stakeholder requirements for the system. Bidding opened on March 4, and the internal IIS workgroup began evaluating the proposals on March 7. The workgroup held interviews with the vendors on April 4 and made a hiring recommendation on April 12. The awarded vendor, the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology, began work on June 2, 2011.

On March 17, 2011, DPI issued an RFP for an IT Project Manager. Bids opened in April and the workgroup evaluated the proposals in May. DPI awarded the contract to New South Technologies, Inc.

Beginning in early June 2011, our planning team, the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT) met with groups internal and external to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to gather requirements and begin shaping the Request for Proposal (RFP). These groups included:

Internal to NCDPI:

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Accountability
  • Technology Services
  • Policy and Strategic Planning
  • Data Management Group
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Licensure
  • Educator Recruitment and Development
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exceptional Children
  • Financial and Business Services

External Stakeholders:

  • NC Association of Educators
  • NC Learning Objective Repository (project of NC Community College System)
  • NC Parent Teacher Association
  • NC School Boards Association
  • Local district staff
  • Local school staff
  • North Carolina State Board of Education
  • NCSU Technical Outreach for Public Schools (TOPS)
  • NCSU Friday Institute
  • SAS
  • LearnNC

In February of 2012, we issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the build and implementation of the instructional improvement system. From April through June of 2012, the IIS team reviewed all proposals that were submitted. The IIS evaluation team then made their recommendations. In December 2012, Pearson was selected as the vendor for the instructional components of Home Base, including the Learner Profile; Standards & Curriculum; Instructional Design, Practice & Resources; Assessment; and Data Analysis and Reporting tools.

Below are some documents that provide more information about the instructional improvement system components of Home Base.

  • Project Abstract
    The following document provides a snapshot view of the IIS project and some key milestones.
    (pdf, 348kb)

  • Vision, Mission, and Goals
    This document provides the Mission and Vision statements as well as the major goals of the IIS Project.
    (pdf, 355kb)

  • IIS High-Level Description
    This document provides a broad view of the functionality of each of the components of the IIS.
    (pdf, 436kb)

  • IIS Specifications Areas
    This document provides an outline of the specifications for the IIS, organized by the main components.
    (pdf, 352kb)

  • IIS Detailed Specifications
    This document fleshes out the outline above and gives an item by item breakdown of exactly what the IIS functionality will be. The spreadsheet has each component under a separate tab.
    (xls, 542kb)

  • A Day in the Life
    In this document, you will find example scenarios of a typical day of an IIS User from the perspective of a student, a teacher, a principal, and a state administrator.
    (pdf, 418kb)

  • Request for Proposals (RFP) for the IIS
    This document is the RFP issued by NC DPI for vendor proposals for the IIS.
    (pdf, 891kb)

  • Appendix A - Functional Requirements Form
    (xls, 542kb)

  • Appendix B - Total Cost Summary Forms
    (xls, 159kb)