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Conduct Research or Obtain Confidential Data

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Please note: Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19, DCPS is not currently accepting external research proposals. Please check back in summer 2020 for an updated timeline and contact [email protected] with questions.

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. Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity so that we eliminate opportunity gaps and systematically interrupt institutional bias.
  2. Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team
  3. Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of excellent schools throughout the city
  4. Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional learning experiences to ensure all students are college and career ready.
  5. Engage Families: Ensure communication and deepen partnerships with families and the community.

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:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: (202) 724-4651

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.