To conduct research in the school setting, the researcher must obtain permission from the official who is authorized to grant the permission. Below you will find local school districts' Research Policies and Procedures.
Contact Person: Cindy Helmers, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Bloomington District 87, 300 East Monroe, Bloomington, IL 61701, 309 827-6031
District 87 supports research conducted by the University. The following describes the procedures and conditions for conducting a study in the district. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
For permission to conduct research in District 87, researchers first submit a formal proposal (abstract, purpose/problem, short literature review, detailed methods section, references, instruments or materials) and University IRB forms to the Assistant Superintendent for review and approval. All research proposals shall comply with Board Policies 7.015 and 7.350 as well as all applicable state and federal laws and regulations, including the Illinois School Student Record Act and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Priority is given to 1) projects conducted by District 87 employees, 2) research that takes a minimum of in-class student and teacher time, 3) research that aligns to District 87 goals, or 4) research tied to grants related to the district. The district will provide only directory information for contact information and does not allow videotaping to be used for research. The researcher agrees to keep the name of the district, schools, and individuals confidential (" central Illinois district"). Demographic information should be kept general so readers cannot determine the district. Once the study is completed, the researcher sends a copy to the Assistant Superintendent.
Contact Persons: Metcalf- Dr. Amy Fritson-Coffman, 7000 Illinois State University, Normal IL 61790-7000, 309 438-6261 | U High - Andrea Markert, 7100 Illinois State University, Normal IL 61790-71000 309 438-8346
The Laboratory Schools Faculty Associate Handbook, Appendix A, outlines the procedures for applying to conduct research in the Laboratory Schools.
Researchers complete a Laboratory School Research Project Application form (ipdf or pdf) from Metcalf, University High School, or the College of Education Research Office and an IRB Research with Human Subjects forms from the Research and Sponsored Programs Office. The researcher completes and returns the Laboratory School form and the IRB material to the building Principal of Metcalf or University High School. A building research committee will review the research application request and IRB form.
Contact Person: Laura O'Donnell, Director of Secondary Education, McLean County Unit District No. 5, 1809 W. Hovey, Normal, IL 61761 309-557-4031
Unit 5 seeks to support research that ultimately improves instruction and supports student learning. The district must balance the proposed project procedures with consideration of the time commitment asked of students and teachers, the goodness of fit of the project with district curriculum and goals, and the potential benefit to the district. Researchers are encouraged to provide detailed project descriptions outlining procedures, attaching instruments, projecting timelines, and listing expected actions by teachers or the district to support the research.
Complete a research request pdf or word form and send it to Dr. Laura O'Donnell.
Contact Person: Andrew Wise, District Superintendent, Olympia District #16, 903 E 800 North Road, Stanford, IL 61774, 309 379-6011
School Board Policy 7:15, Student and Family Privacy Rights, dictates that "the District does not participate in third party surveys."
However, the district does support research that is part of a partnership between the researcher and school. Individuals who want to conduct research with a teacher or administrator partner should send a request to the school or district administration for approval. The research "team" submits a proposal for the research plan. Requests are evaluated on a case-by case basis. The requests may need to receive board approval.