Guidelines for Conducting Research in CFISD

Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) recognizes the need for continued research in education and other related areas. District Improvement and Accountability screens applications from graduate students, university researchers, and other research organizations requesting access to CFISD as a research site. 

CFISD encourages quality research efforts, especially in areas that will enhance its educational outcomes and practices. The application process was developed in order to:

  • coordinate new research projects with ongoing district research and evaluation,
  • protect district staff and students from unnecessary data collection,
  • consider project requests in light of federal and state privacy laws, and
  • ensure that projects are of significance to the district

Who needs approval?

  1. Any study that involves data collection through observation, interviews, surveys, tests, etc., from students and personnel in CFISD is defined as "Research" and is subject to the approval process. This also includes research conducted on any CFISD facility or campus.
  2. An individual (including a CFISD employee) or group must submit an Application to Conduct Research in CFISD for a/an: 
  • Individual research
  • Class projects
  • Master theses
  • Doctoral dissertations
  • Other research studies
  1. CFISD employees who are collecting data, testing students, etc., as part of a research project are required to secure permission prior to conducting research.

How is approval obtained?

Email to obtain a copy of the Application to Conduct Research in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

What are the deadlines for submitting an application and subsequent notification?

Submission Deadline (before midnight)

Earliest Possible Decision Notification

Research Applications Not Accepted or Reviewed in June

Research Applications Not Accepted or Reviewed in July

Research Applications Not Accepted or Reviewed in August

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Monday, January 4, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

Monday, February 1, 2021

Monday, February 15, 2021

Monday, March 1, 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Monday, May 3, 2021

Monday, May 17, 2021

What if I have questions before, during, or after submitting my application?

Email any questions to and we will provide guidance regarding the research application process.

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