Late Friday afternoon the Department of Public Instruction finally responded to Lord knows how many requests by the public seeking records about the mClass/Istation procurement process.
The documents DPI made available confirm claims made by former DPI Division Director of Integrated Academic and Behavior Services Amy Jablonski that the initial Request for Proposal (RFP) evaluation committee recommended that DPI adopt mClass as the tool to evaluate K-3 reading achievement as required under Read to Achieve.
They also show that both NC Superintendent Mark Johnson and his staff were lying when they said the team had not recommended mClass.
When the controversy first broke over Superintendent Mark Johnson unilaterally selecting Istation, DPI spokeswoman Jacqueline Wyatt denied to the Raleigh News & Observer that the RFP committee had reached a consensus and recommended mClass. In an email to representatives of the North Carolina School Superintendents Association, Johnson repeated the claim, saying “No consensus was reached by the RFP evaluation committee, so there was no recommendation.”
The documents released today after weeks of pressure by the public clearly show that the evaluation committee recommended Amplify as its number 1 choice in nearly every category and easily first overall.
You can see the relevant portion of the released documents below. A complete upload of what DPI released (including some caveats by Mark Johnson) is posted here.