Reference Number: 22041208
Request ID:
Date First Offered07/26/2017
Title:SBE: Open Source Platform - Breakthrough Technologies

Agency Reference Number:586
Agency:SBE - State Board of Education
Purchasing Agency:SBE - State Board of Education
Purchasing Agency SPO:Andrew Hennig

Status: Closed


Description and Specifications:
The Illinois State Board of Education is giving notice of intent to award a contract as a Sole Source to: Breakthrough Technologies, LLC.

The TAO open source platform is a scalable open source platform designed for item authoring/content ingestion and test administration. It is the only such platform that has been a proven deliverer of large-scale assessments such as the Programme for International Assessment (PISA) and the National Center for State Collaboration (NCSC). The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) has also made a solid investment in the build out of the platform for its non-summative assessment system, and continues to work toward development of its summative platfom. As members of the PARCC consortium, we can both leverage the work completed to date and contribute work moving forward that will also be of benefit to the consortium. Breakthrough Technologies, LLC has specific knowledge of ISBE-Teach, ISBE-Learn, ISBE-Management and the test build platform needed to update the assessment, and as such have the ability to assist in making customizations to the platform. They have worked as a vendor to the PARCC consortium, and we will be able to draw on the work completed to date.

A public hearing is scheduled for:
DATE: August 23, 2017
TIME: 2:00 PM Central Standard Time
LOCATION: Springfield, Room 510 Stratton Office Building, 401 S. Spring Street and via video-conference with Chicago - James R. Thompson Center, Suite 9-035.

The scheduled hearing will be canceled and a sole source contract will be awarded on that date unless an interested party submits a written request for public hearing by noon CST on August 18, 2017.

If a public hearing is requested, the purchasing agency shall present testimony justifying the procurement method. Any interested party may present testimony for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive information from the public as to whether award by sole source is appropriate and in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. Hearing may be recorded in order to aid in the production of minutes. Parties may submit written comments in lieu of attending the hearing.

Interested parties wishing to submit comments or request a hearing must do so in writing and submit their request to the Notice Contact. Request for a public hearing by an interested party or written comments shall be made by noon on August 18, 2017 to the Notice Contact:

Dianne Richman, 714 Stratton Office Building, 401 S. Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706,e-Mail:, phone 217-670-9646.

When a hearing is requested by an interested party, a sole source contract may be awarded after the hearing is conducted, subject to review and written approval of the Chief Procurement Officer.

Key Information

Notice Type:Sole Economically Feasible Source
Notice Stage:
Hearing Notice of Decision Upheld

Notice Expiration Date:09/07/2017
Sole Source Only Justification:See attached Sole Source Justification Form Part I
Accordance with Admin Rule:< Compatibility of equipment, accessory, parts, or service is paramount consideration

Professional & Artistic:No
Small Business Set-Aside:No

Does this solicitation contain a BEP or DBE requirement?:No

Does this solicitation contain a Veteran requirement?:No

Relevant Category:IT

Total Amount of Award:$2,000,000.00 (Total Dollar Value Only/Includes Any Renewal Options)
Estimated/Actual Value Description:Estimated
Length of Initial Term:9
Contract Begin Date:10/01/2017
Contract End Date:06/30/2018
Renewal Terms:N/A


Number of Responding Bidders:0
Number of Unsuccessful Bidders:0
Total Number Awarded:0

Listing of All Bidders/Offerors Considered But Not Selected:
Source Selection:N/A

Vendor(s) Selected for Award
Vendor NameAmount of Award BEP Goal % DBE Goal %
Breakthrough Technologies, LLC$2,000,000.000%0%

Notice Contact
Name: Dianne Richman
Street Address:714 Stratton Office Building
401 S. Spring Street
Zip Code:62706
Phone: 217.760.9646
Fax Number:217.558.1399

Class Code

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NIGP Commodity/Service Code:918 71 IT Consulting


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