• Research

    The Fort Bend Independent School District and the Department of Strategic Planning 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 confidential data, facilities, time involved for faculty and staff, and access to students. To conduct research in the District, an application must be submitted to and reviewed by the Fort Bend ISD’s Research Review Board. The Research Review Board meets monthly to review applications. 

    External research applications (study proposals) must also demonstrate clear and direct educational value to the District and not just to the profession of education in general, be of minimal intrusion on instructional time and duty time of District employees, manifest a sound research methodology, and comply with current privacy laws. The potential direct benefits to Fort Bend ISD must outweigh demands on District resources, most importantly on student and staff time. Proposals must also align with Fort Bend ISD’s policies, teaching and learning guidelines and practices, and programs and services offered in the District. 

    We strongly encourage researchers to first explore the school-level data already publicly available. Researchers wishing to use publicly available data do not need to submit a research application to the District.  To view or request existing data the District normally collects and has readily available, please submit a Public Information Request.