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State Assessment Program Item Banks: Model Language for Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Contracts

This document provides recommendations for request for proposal (RFP) and contract language that state education agencies can use to specify their requirements for access to test item banks. An item bank is a repository for test items and data about those items. Item banks are used by state agency staff to view items and associated data; to evaluate items; to search the database of items; to inventory the item bank, evaluate pool sufficiency, and project future item development needs; to view statistical results; to help manage the flow of test development work; and to collaborate with the test development contractor on forms construction.