External Research Requests

Conducting Research in Waco ISD

The Waco Independent School District supports high quality research that addresses well-informed research questions of educational importance.

At the same time, the district has moral and legal obligations that require oversight of research activities that make use of district resources such as data, facilities, employee time and access to students.

Applying for Research Approval 

You must submit an application if your research/evaluation project includes collecting and/or using individual-level data from or about Waco ISD 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 prior to submitting proposed dates.

Action Research

In continued support of our partnership with Baylor University, Waco ISD is proud to support the action research projects conducted in the classrooms of our Waco ISD campuses.  Prior to starting your action research project, please submit the following pre-approval form.  Research should only be started after receiving the completed notification of approval from Waco ISD.

Review Process Information

Proposals are reviewed by the Waco ISD Office of Professional Development who evaluation the application using the following criteria

  • Use of WISD’s time and resources

  • Value of the research project to WISD as a whole, WISD campuses, and the field of education

  • Relationship to the Strategic Plan, District Improvement Plan, or other key district initiatives

  • Level of data extraction from central records

  • Design of the study

  • Documents and instrumentation

Questions or Contact Information

Patrick Uptmore
Director of Professional Development

Vivian Whatley
Professional Development Specialist

External Research Application