Due to the extended closure of schools and District offices, Shelby County Schools will not approve applications to conduct new research (such as surveys, interviews or focus groups) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications requesting only existing data files will still be approved and completed during the closure. SCS will not administer TNReady, Illuminate Fastbridge, MasteryConnect or i-Ready assessments in spring 2020 and cannot fulfill data requests for this information.
Individuals and organizations interested in using data from Shelby County Schools to answer research questions must be granted approval prior to beginning a project. To begin the approval process, an applicant should submit a complete application packet which includes the following:
Drafts of consent forms (if proposing to conduct a research project)
Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval, if applicable
$25 application fee
Please note that completing the application process does not guarantee approval. Research questions that do not clearly benefit the District are likely to be rejected. Additionally, approval from the Research Department does not obligate any school, principal, teacher, or student to participate in a research project.
Factors considered when reviewing an application include: 1) protection of participants; 2) impact on instructional time; 3) administrative burden on schools or Central Office; and 4) quality of proposed research.
Be advised that research proposals to conduct surveys are not likely to be approved given the large volume of surveys already conducted within District and the cumulative impact this has on instructional time. Additionally, any research proposals or data requests involving students with disabilities will not be approved.
Applicants can expect email confirmation upon receipt of the application and notification of approval within 40 business days of receiving complete application, including the $25 application fee.