External Research in Canyons School District 

The central focus of Canyons School District is student learning.  Limiting interruptions to instructional time is important and helps to support quality instruction and student learning.  While the Canyons School District (CSD) is committed to the advancement of educational research, the quantity of external research projects proposed to the District tends to be larger than the District can accommodate. Additionally, several of the projects proposed are inconsistent with the District’s mission and/or do not appear to be grounded in a valid research design. Therefore, we have developed a formal process to review requests to conduct research in the District.  

At the bottom of this page is the complete Research Application Form (in MS Word). 

Research is defined as the systematic collection of any data about students, parents, staff, and/or schools in Canyons School District for the purpose of developing descriptions, predictions, interventions, or explanations relating to various aspects of education. Examples of data collection instruments include, but are not limited to surveys, tests, interviews, and observations. Observations, class visitations by university classes or students are not covered by the procedures for the review of external research when no data collection is involved. Approval for such visits must be obtained from the school principal. The initial contact regarding external research in Canyons School District should always be with Dr. Hal Sanderson Director of Research and Assessment (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), rather than directly with school leadership.

The Canyons Research Review Committee reviews applications monthly from August through April.  The last date for new research applications is April 21st approximately 50 days prior to the end of the school year. The District reserves the right to extend that period should the need arise. However, research activities at the beginning and end of the school year and during periods of testing must be avoided.