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. CMS defines program evaluation as an evaluation conducted only for internal use for the purposes of making programmatic decisions. If you are conducting an evaluation that will be published in whole or in part (including websites, brochures, presentations, etc.) this is considered a research study by CMS and you must complete the CMS research application process.
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, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 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.
We strongly recommend that researchers review the CMS Research Request Guidelines prior to planning their research study.
Procedure for Submitting A Research Application
Questions about the application? Contact Susie Freije firstname.lastname@example.org
The Research Review Panel will review study primarily looking at the following criteria:
Research study follows all the CMS Research Request Guidelines.
High level of scientific rigor and technical proficiency demonstrated in methodology and data analysis plan
Alignment between research questions, methodology, and data analysis plan
Reliable and valid data collection instruments
Directly benefits the district (not just education profession in general)
Benefits for the district outweigh demands on district and school staff and students as determined by the Research Review Panel.
Results can be generalized to group larger than study sample.
A summary of the research application process can be found here
Researchers may contact Lindsay Messinger, Director of Research, Evaluation, and Analytics (email@example.com) or Susie Freije (firstname.lastname@example.org), Accountability Coordinator, with questions regarding conducting research in CMS.
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 (tentative dates, check back for final dates):
Student SurveysFebruary 1-28Staff SurveysNovember 1-30 (Teachers)April 1-30 (Teachers and Principals)Parent SurveysAugust 30- September 14
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 email@example.com .
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