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

Submitting a 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
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed

Guidelines for Approved Research

  • After initial (DART) approval, please allow two to four months for additional processing and district-level approvals.
  • 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 assessments.

Guidelines are in place to ensure the appropriateness and integrity of research conducted within the district, and to protect participant rights and privacy. Researchers must comply with all such requirements.