Conducting Research in HISD
At HISD, we are committed to upholding our core values, which encompass the placement of effective teachers in every classroom, effective principals in every school, and the implementation of rigorous instructional standards. In pursuit of these ideals, it is imperative to engage in high-quality program evaluations and research to identify innovative approaches to educating our students.
The HISD Department of Assessment, Accountability, and Compliance is dedicated to fostering continuous improvement within our education eco-systems to guide program and policy decisions. Our foremost concern, however, remains the protection of student and staff privacy, in strict accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), state privacy laws, district policy, and industry best practices. To ensure comprehensive safeguarding of research subjects' privacy, safety, health, and overall well-being, district policy mandates that all research requests undergo thorough review and approval by an internal review board (IRB).
Please review Guidelines for Conducting Research Handbook prior to submitting your application.
Proposal Submission Timeline
Applications for research proposals requiring primary data collection involving students, teachers, and administrators for the upcoming or current school year must be submitted on or before due dates outlined in table below.
External research requests will only be accepted by the following submission deadlines:
Target for Data Collection
February 15th to March 15th
Upcoming Summer or Later
June 15th to July 15th
Upcoming Fall Semester or Later
October 15th to November 15th
Upcoming Spring Semester or Later
Requests submitted outside of these windows and incomplete requests will not be considered. Failure to respond to requests from the HISD IRB within 2 weeks will result in closure of the research proposal. You may resubmit in the next window.
Is there an easier way?
Before submitting an external data request or Proposal to the Research Committee, we strongly encourage researchers to first explore using publicly available data.
State Accountability Ratings (State)
TEA Analytic Portal (State)
Campus Data Packets (State)
Board Policy Manual (HISD)
See additional PDF of publicly available data (District, State, and Federal sources) linked to this page.
Researchers opting to use publicly available data found in these resources do not need to submit a research application to the district, and do not need to complete a Data Privacy Agreement.