ERIC Number: ED405383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul-25
Reference Count: N/A
Conducting Research: Protocol for Collecting School or Student Data in a Public School System.
Reed, Jacqueline K.
The Prince George's County Public School District is a multiculturally diverse district in Maryland serving a heterogeneous population of students, most of whom are black (70.3%) and many of whom qualify for free or reduced-price meals (40%). The school system welcomes the opportunity to participate in research projects, but has acknowledged its obligation to protect the privacy and respect the learning of its students. The Board of Education has established a formal protocol researchers must follow to collect student and school data and has set up research application policies and a research application database. The School Board policy governs internal and external student data collection activities. This paper explains the policy and process to those who wish to conduct research in one of the nation's largest and most diverse school districts. At least 30 days before the proposed start of the study, the researcher must submit an application and research proposal that includes a parental consent form. The school district's Office of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability reviews the application and consults with professional staff as needed. Applications are entered into the school district's research database. Approval depends on respect for the confidentiality of students and parents and the school district's available resources. Attachments include the policy statement, the application form, a concerns and hazards statement, and other forms to support the application process. (Contains three figures.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Confidentiality, Data Collection, Databases, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethics, Public Schools, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Research Proposals, Researchers, School Districts
Division of Instruction, Prince George's County Public Schools, 14201 School Lane, Room 201F, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Prince George's County Board of Education, Upper Marlboro, MD.