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1700 - Research Requests

1.   Purpose:
The Board supports education research and program evaluation studies that apply rigorous and systematic procedures to obtain valid data relevant to the implementation and effect of education programs and thereby to advance public education for district stakeholders.  The Board further recognizes that individuals and agencies may ask for permission to conduct research in the school system.  However, the Board acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that research conducted in the school system is of high quality, safeguards the privacy of individuals, furthers the goals of the Hillsborough County School District (District), and minimizes interruptions to the instructional program. The Superintendent is directed to develop and maintain research review procedures to ensure they comply with the policy.

2.   Applicability
This policy applies to individuals and entities who would like to conduct research and/or evaluation activities in the District, or who would like to receive and use District student data and/or staff data for research or evaluation purposes.

All research and program evaluation studies must be approved by the Superintendent or his designee.

STATUTORY

AUTHORITY:

Fla. Stat. §§1101.32;1101.41;1101.42;20 U.S.C. §1232g (Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974); 20 U.S.C. §1232h (Protection of Pupil Rights Act); 45 CFR 46 Subpart D (Additional Protections for Children Involved as Subjects in Research); Public Law 104-191; 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)

LAWS

IMPLEMENTED:

Fla. Stat. §§119.071(5)(a) 2, 3 & 6; 1002.22; 1002.221; 1008.345; 20 U.S.C. §1232g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974); 20 U.S.C. §1232h (Protection of Pupil Rights Act); 45 CFR 46 Subpart D (Additional Protections for Children Involved as Subjects in Research); Public Law 104-191; 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)

Adopted January 15, 2019

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