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DCPS Research and Data Request Process

What does DCPS consider "research"?

“Research” refers to any activity aiming to increase the existing body of knowledge. It encompasses all investigation, measurement, and evaluation activities, including design, pilots, data collection and analysis, interpretation of results, and conclusions and recommendations.


Research may include primary data collection, secondary data usage, or both. “Data collection” includes, but is not limited to, interviews, focus groups, surveys, tests, observations, analysis of written documents, and experimental designs.

To submit a research request, please refer to the below:

To submit a non-research data request, please see below.

Submitting a Non-Research Data Request Process

To submit a non-research data request, please email with the following:

  1. Current FERPA release forms (see below) for each student whose data you are requesting;

  2. A description of the data you’re requesting and how it will be used;  

  3. An excel spreadsheet (NOT google) with the following information:

    • Student Name (column A) 

    • Student ID (column B) 

    • If possible, current school or previous school for student you are requesting (column C)

    • One column for each additional piece of data you’re requesting (columns D and on) 

Timeline: 6-8 weeks

Please submit requests as early as possible. The total timeline varies depending on partner responsiveness, accuracy of FERPA forms, and DCPS Partnership Team capacity.

FERPA Forms:

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