External Research

To access the appropriate application forms the district requires, please email Dalia M. Garcia, Administrator for Performance Outcomes: [email protected]  

After the application has been reviewed and processed, the applicant will receive notice of whether the research application has been approved or denied.

Who needs to submit an application?

You must submit an application if your research or evaluation project includes collecting or using individual-level data from or about HCISD students, staff, or parents (e.g., observations, surveys, tests, interviews, focus groups, filming, or other direct data-gathering methodologies). Active consent for student participation must be obtained from parents/guardians before data can be collected or any individually identifiable student information can be released. Individual students, staff, or schools may not be identified in any research or evaluation product. No data collection is allowed on testing days. Be sure to consult the district testing schedule.

Review Process Information

Proposals are reviewed and submitted to our superintendent for final approval. Consideration is given that meet the criteria including but not limited to:
  • Value of the research project to HCISD as a whole, HCISD campuses, and the field of education
  • Relationship to the Strategic Plan, District Improvement Plan, or other key district initiatives
  • Use of HCISD students' and staff's time
  • Design of the study
  • Documents and instrumentation
  • Level of data extraction from central records