Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) will allow qualified individuals and organizations to engage in professional research and evaluation projects with potential to improve learning conditions, student outcomes, and staff or program effectiveness in CMS. This provision applies to individuals or agencies not associated with CMS and to CMS employees conducting research outside the scope of their employment with CMS.
All persons interested in conducting research in CMS must obtain approval. Research includes, but is not limited to, surveys, interviews, focus groups, and classroom observations involving CMS students and staff. Researchers may click here to access a copy of the district's Educational Research Policy.
All applications are reviewed according to Federal Regulations governing the protection of human subjects and North Carolina Student Privacy Laws Article 29.
If you are interested in using CMS data in your study, please note that some data are available to the public through national and state websites; for a list of these websites, please view the Resources page. Please note that all CMS quantitative data not available publically must be requested through the Office of Accountability; data cannot be provided by school employees.
Procedure for Submitting A Research Application
University IRB approval and district level support do not guarantee approval by the Research Review Panel. While the University IRB is reviewing the study to ensure human subjects protections, the CMS Research Review Panel is reviewing the study to ensure human subjects protections; feasibility; alignment with curriculum and Strategic Plan; data availability; protection of instructional time; and minimizing the burden on staff, schools, and students. We strongly recommend that researchers review the CMS Research Request Guidelines prior to planning their research study. Researchers may contact Lindsay Messinger, Director of Research, Evaluation and Analytics (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susie Freije (email@example.com), Research, Evaluation and Analytics Coordinator with questions regarding conducting research in CMS.
The Research Review Panel will review study primarily looking at the following criteria:
A summary of the research application process can be found here
Application Review Calendar
The Research Review Panel meets once a month to review applications. Please see the calendar below for review dates and deadlines to submit applications and supporting documents:
CMS will not allow surveys during the following blackout times:
Student SurveysSeptember 12-18 (Elementary Schools)September 25- October 27 (West Learning Community)October 11 (High Schools)January 12-19 (High Schools)February 25- March 3 (All Schools)February 27 (High Schools)May 25- June 8 (All Schools)Staff SurveysOctober 31- November 17 (Teachers)February 6- February 24 (All Staff)March 1- 29 (All Staff)April 11-May 4 (Teachers)April 11- May 4 (Principals)Parent SurveysMarch 1- March 28
CMS will not allow researcher to administer assessments during the following blackout times:
If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Messinger, Director of Research, Evaluation, and Analytics at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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