All research applications are screened for approval by an internal Research Review Committee.
Research projects must align with at least one of the TPS benchmarks and provide a description of how it will benefit student learning.
Please be aware that for the 2020-2021 school year, approval of research projects submitted by individuals and entities external to TPS will be very limited.

Basic Research

  • Interaction with district personnel and school staff by phone, email, or in person in a non-school setting
  • No communication or interaction with TPS students, no access to school buildings

Comprehensive Research

  • Access to school buildings for any research activities and/or research conducted in a TPS building
  • Any type of communication or interaction with TPS students, including site/classroom/activity observations

Research Application

  • Determine if the proposed project will be considered Basic Research or Comprehensive Research
  • Prepare to submit within one of the Research Application Timeline windows shown below
  • Prepare answers to all Research Application Questions shown below
    • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed
  • Submit the appropriate application
  • DART will contact researcher with questions and/or to request additional information, as needed
  • Researcher will be notified of the Research Review Committee decision within one month. Potential decisions include:
    • Approval
    • Request for adjustments to research design
    • Rejection. TPS reserves the right to reject applications for any reason, including lack of district resources and proposed research projects that are incomplete or do not align with TPS interests. If a rejected application is resubmitted in a subsequent window, it will be treated as a new application.
  • If the application is approved by DART, researcher must sign and submit MOU & DSA forms to initiate a secondary district-level review process

Guidelines for Approved Research

  • After initial (DART) approval, please allow two to four months for additional processing and district-level approvals.
  • Guidelines are in place to ensure the appropriateness and integrity of research conducted within the district, and to protect participant rights and privacy. Researcher must comply with all such requirements.
  • As stewards of public funds, TPS contracts receive considerable scrutiny and are bound to numerous terms and regulations. Researchers must follow district policies and procedures, as well as any other applicable laws and regulations.
    • Research conducted under the auspices of TPS in collaboration with another agency/organization may be exempt from district-specific regulations.
  • No research may be conducted during statewide testing.

Voluntary Participation & Consent

Participation in research projects is voluntary. Schools, principals, teachers, parents and students who do not wish to participate have a right to refusal. Pressure shall not be applied to promote participation.

TPS complies with all state and federal regulations regarding the release of confidential student or staff data. Many, but not all, of the TPS legal guidelines for data release procedures are based upon the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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