Policy LC-R Relations with Education Research Agencies

File: LC-R

Relations with Education Research Agencies

(Research Testing Guidelines)

  1. A written proposal for permission to do research testing will first be submitted to the principal for a review of the proposal’s feasibility and appropriateness. If the principal believes the proposal may be feasible and appropriate, the request shall be submitted to the superintendent.
  1. The superintendent will judge the merit of written requests for testing with attention being given to the following areas:
    1. Scientific soundness of the project; that is, how likely it is to produce valuable information relative to student class time.
    1. Procedures to ensure anonymity.
    1. Soundness of stated purpose and methods.
    1. Benefits of the resulting information.
    1. Evaluation of possible risk to students.
    1. Examination of parent/guardian consent forms and student consent forms when applicable. Parental consent will be obtained for all research with students not conducted or contracted for by school employees unless the research consists merely of observing unidentified students engaged in their normal activity. Student consent will be sought when appropriate.
    1. A clearly written statement appropriate for parents/guardians which explains:

(1) The project’s purpose.

(2) How the student was selected.

(3) General procedures to be followed.

(4) Anticipated benefits for general knowledge, the student and the district.

(5) Whether students will be personally identifiable and to whom.

(6) To whom results will be available.

(7) The right of parents/guardians to inspect testing materials before consenting.

(8) Researcher’s name, address and telephone number and professional affiliations.

(9) Any identifiable risks to participating students.

(10) How the student may opt out of the research.

(11) Post-research follow-up procedures.

(12) That the school is neither conducting nor sponsoring the project.

  1. The Board will make the final decision about the research project.

Approved: December 14, 1993

Revised: August 9, 2005

Revised: September 23, 2014

CROSS REFS.: GCS, Professional Research and Publishing

JLDAC, Screening/Testing of Students

Huerfano School District Re-1, Walsenburg, Colorado