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DCPS Process and Requirements to Conduct Research or Obtain Confidential Data

We want to make DCPS the best urban school district in the country. To this end, we welcome high-quality research in DCPS and with DCPS data and we strive to create the conditions for research that is respectful of instructional time and individual privacy.

  • DCPS believes in the power of research to improve the body of knowledge related to learning and development. DCPS welcomes partnerships with the research community that appreciably benefit DCPS, its students and/or its staff, to the extent that their findings and results will be shared with DCPS to improve public education.
  • We exclusively approve proposals that meet professional standards for research design and ethical practices and have merit and relevance for the school system. All proposals must address at least one of our DCPS Research Priorities listed below. DCPS does not approve proposals that include randomized control trials in which students are denied services or there is deceit of students in their application to a program. 
  • “Research” refers to any activity aiming at increasing our body of knowledge, and encompasses all investigation, measurement, and evaluation activities, including design, pilots, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results, and conclusions and recommendations. Data collection includes, but is not limited to, interviews, focus groups, surveys, tests, observations, ethnographic studies, case studies, analysis of written documents, records, tables, primary and secondary data and experimental designs.

DCPS Research Priorities include:

  1. Highly Effective Educators – Develop and retain the most highly effective educators in the country, and reward their work.
  2. Rigorous Academic Content – Implement a rigorous, relevant, college preparatory, Common Core aligned curriculum that gives all students meaningful options for life.
  3. Engaged and Motivated Students and Families – Partner with families and community members who demand better schools and make schools places students want to attend.
  4. College and Career Readiness – Ensure every student leaves DCPS prepared to continue schooling or enter the workforce.
  5. Whole School Models – Create school environments that educate and support all students, regardless of needs or background.

Download DCPS Process and Requirements to Conduct Research or Obtain Confidential Data

This document governs requests for data (and research based on data) that:

  • Exist, or must be constructed based on existing data, or do not exist and must be collected.
  • Are disaggregate (including student- and other individual-level data), as well as aggregate data where identification is possible explicitly or implicitly (e.g., school-level data on subgroups where some subgroups have a size of one).

Please direct all inquiries to:

Office of the Chief of Staff
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (202) 724-4651

For non-confidential data requests, please email your request to [email protected]. Aggregate data requests are approved on a project-by-project basis, depending on the extent of the data request and the workload of the Office of the Chief of Staff staff. Please visit our Downloadable Data Sets page before your submit your request.

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA)

Full DCPS policies related to PPRA can be found in this document.

For a notification of rights under PPRA, parents and families can view the PPRA Notification Letter listed on this page.

The DCPS Survey Calendar, containing approximate dates of administration of protected information surveys, is below.