Criteria for Research and Survey Study Approval

The Granite District Survey and Research Request Committee reviews applications for educational studies. The committee consists of representatives from School Services, Program Services, PTA, principals, teacher leaders, and the Department of Research and Evaluation.

Committee members will recommend District participation in projects which:

(a) will benefit education in the District;

(b) will not unreasonably disrupt instructional or administrative time, nor violate other law or

(c) will not intrude on the privacy of District patrons or personnel;

(d) sample no more than 25% of any given population;

(e) agree to provide the District with the results of the survey or research prior to any release or publication;

(f) will allow consultants, with committee approval, to request that students be asked to complete a brief feedback survey indicating how well the material/program was presented. Note: use of an instrument which could intrude upon the privacy of student/family opinions about presented materials, or any other personal matters, is not allowed.

 Granite District will not approve applications which seek to:

(a) study domains extraneous to the improvement of quality teaching and student learning;

(b) conduct market research which doesn’t correlate with the long-range objectives of the Board of Education;

(c) conduct longitudinal research which requires tracking student placement and data from year to year;

(d) conduct research on a finite scope originating from outside the district for individual purposes, such as capstone projects, senior projects, science fair projects, etc.;

(e) recruit students and/or employees for research unrelated district programs.

The Survey and Research Request Committee meets monthly. When necessary, requests originating from the schools or from the District may be reviewed at ad hoc meetings to accommodate the needs of District personnel. In order to be placed on the committee agenda, please submit the the following items: completed Application for Permission to Conduct Research Study (complete the online form below); IRB approval from sponsoring institution (required before the district will officially approve the study; however, some sponsoring institutions delay IRB approval until they see evidence that the district supports the study–please attach if available); any survey or research instruments to be used; all parent, student, and teacher consent forms.

The Granite Way School Improvement Process Hierarchy

“The Granite Way” refers to five major elements:  1) Fidelity to the Core, 2) The Instructional Framework, 3) District Tools & Assessments, 4) Professional Learning Communities, and  5) Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.  These five components are broad and interconnected constructs.

This interconnectedness does not lend itself to quality evaluation—a key mission of the Research and Evaluation Department.  For this reason, we needed to understand the unique components of each construct. Using a table, we “mapped” The Granite Way components against each other—listed the five components horizontally and vertically and listed how each component related to each respective component.

Excluding duplicates, there are fifteen “factors” of The Granite Way.  Nine factors that deal directly with teaching and learning, and six factors that address supports for teaching and learning.

In preparation to complete the Application for Permission to Conduct Research/Survey Study, please review–with your proposed study in mind– the The Granite Way School Improvement Process Hierarchy.

A required field on the application form invites you to articulate how your proposed research will benefit Granite School District:

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Application for Permission to Conduct Research/Survey Study