Research (Applying For)


  • Those interested in conducting research with Coppell ISD must submit a research protocol if the research/evaluation project includes collecting and/or using data from CISD students, staff, or parents

  • Along with the research protocol, investigators are required to submit:

    • Each of their human subjects training certificate (NIH/CITI) for ethical purposes

    • Out-of-district applicants: The completed and signed application at this link. This is a required background check to conduct research with Coppell ISD staff and students. In-district applicants have already completed a background check for employment; therefore, in-district applicants are not required to submit the form. 

    • Resume/vita of primary and secondary investigators

    • Any consent forms to be used with parents, staff (principals/teachers), or students (Templates can be found on the website)

    • Any finalized tools for data collection (i.e., observation tools/rubrics, surveys, tests, interview questionnaires, focus group questionnaires, or any other data-gathering tools)

    • A $25 application fee for non-CISD staff  

  • Active consent for student participation must be obtained from parents/guardians prior to data collection, or before any identifiable student data can be released from central records

  • Individual students, staff, and schools may not be identified in any research/evaluation project. In addition, the district will also stay de-identified for purposes of reporting

  • Data collection is not allowed on testing days. Data collection is also not permitted from mid-March till the end of the school year due to state testing

  • Interim and final reports of the results of the study must be submitted to CISD 

Review Process Information

Send your attachments/documents at least 60 days prior to the start of your study to:

Mary Kemper 
Coppell ISD
200 S. Denton Tap Road
Coppell TX 75019

CISD staff may email documents

The CISD offices will complete an initial review of your submission and respond to let you know if your application is complete. During this review process, you will also be given a unique CISD study ID. If all documents are complete, we will send you a response in less than 4 weeks. The application will be reviewed by a committee of at least 3 reviewers who score the application using a rubric with the following criteria.

  • Clarity of the research proposal

  • Research design and analysis plan of the study

  • Tools and instrumentation used for evaluation

  • Use of CISD's time and resources

  • Value of the research project to CISD as a whole and its campuses, and contribution to the district initiatives

  • Value of the research project to the field of education

  • Level of data extraction from central records


Contact: Mary Kemper

Executive Director of Instructional Leadership