Surveys

Survey requests are accepted throughout the year. Proposed surveys must align with at least one of the TPS benchmarks and provide a description of how the survey results can inform student learning, teacher instruction, and/or district improvements.

Please be aware that during the 2020-2021 school year, approval of external survey requests will be very limited.

Please contact researchrequests@tacoma.k12.wa.us with any questions.

DART Survey Review Criteria

External Survey Requests

  • Surveys requested by an individual researcher, agency or company
  • Surveys requested by TPS employees and community partners that are not linked to their TPS work

Internal Survey Requests

  • Certain types of surveys conducted by TPS employees and community partners. Review the DART Survey Review Criteria above to determine if a survey requires DART review and approval.

Survey Process

  • Survey requests are accepted throughout the year
  • Submit the appropriate type of survey request form and email a PDF of the survey to ResearchRequests@Tacoma.k12.wa.us 
    • DART may request additional information if needed
  • DART review and approval process:
    • Internal Survey Requests: Allow 3 working days
    • External Survey Requests: Allow 10 working days
  • If approved:
    • Internal Survey Requests: TPS employees shall submit a District to School memo, per district policy
    • External Survey Requests: Requester must sign and submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) & Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) form to initiate a secondary district-level review process
  • Upon completion of the survey, send an electronic copy of all responses, and any survey results and/or analysis to: ResearchRequests@Tacoma.k12.wa.us

Voluntary Participation & Consent

Participation in surveys 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.

Tacoma Public Schools 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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