Research in SPPS

  • There is a moratorium on research proposals and data-sharing agreements until further notice (revised 11/8/2018).


    The REA Department manages all requests to conduct research within Saint Paul Public Schools. We prioritize the privacy of all student data and the interests of students and staff when evaluating any proposal.

    Purpose: To give reasonable access to individuals, institutions and organizations to conduct approved research projects in SPPS schools, while protecting and contributing to the district’s primary responsibility of providing a premier education for all.

    Procedure: Start by reading our FAQ's Page and reviewing thoroughly the documentation in the right sidebar. The Guidelines document explains our process and priorities in evaluating outside research requests. The Checklist document walks you through the required elements of your proposal. The Cover Sheet document is a fillable PDF, which should be filled out with all applicable information and necessary signatures (digital signatures or handwritten signatures are acceptable). The Data Needs form tells us what data you would like and how you will collect them. We also recommend browsing our Data Center to see if the data you need are already publicly available.


    Research Approval Timeline
    For research beginning in: Submission Window: Decision by:
    September through January May-July mid-August
    February through August November-December mid-January