LC – Relations with Education Research Agencies

The potential contribution of appropriate educational research to teaching and school
administration is recognized by the School Board, and it will cooperate, to the extent feasible,
with colleges, universities, and other recognized agencies to promote research that will:

  1. Increase professional knowledge of teaching and learning processes and the social
    setting in which they operate.
  2. Sharpen perception of instructional and administrative problems.
  3. Establish instructional and management objectives.
  4. Assess progress toward accomplishment of school system objectives.

The appropriateness of all requests involving research projects to be conducted in the public
schools will be judged by the School Board after they have been reviewed by the
Superintendent and, as appropriate, school administrators, department heads, and/or
program directors.

The decision to involve students, teachers, or other employees in any research project will be
based on the following:

  1. The objectives of the research should be clearly stated and the design should produce
    valid and reliable results which will then be made available to the school district prior to
  2. The research should be expected to contribute to the improvement of education or the
    general welfare of children.
  3. The privacy of those involved in any research project must be protected. The
    confidentiality of records will be maintained at all times. Further, data derived from
    school records, interviews, or questionnaires which have a potential for invasion of
    privacy of students or their families or staff members may not be used unless advance
    written authorization has been given by the staff member or student (or their parent or
    guardian as appropriate) even though the information will be collected and reported
    under conditions of anonymity.
  4. Research proposals should be of sufficient scope and depth to justify the time and
    effort of students and staff members. Using the time of teachers and students in any
    research activity is an investment by the school system which should increase the
    effectiveness of the educational effort.
  5. In general, instructional activities must not be interrupted unless there is a clear
    significance for the educational program of our schools.
  6. Projects involving student researchers must have prior written approval by:
    • Assistant Superintendent
    • Building Principal
    • A faculty member of the institution in which the student is enrolled. The faculty
      member must have direct responsibility for the research.

Category: O
1st Read: June 7, 2011
2nd Read: July 19, 2011
Adopted: July 19, 2011
Reviewed:  August 16, 2022