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The Board of Trustees recognizes the value of academic research to improve educational programs and practices. Researchers shall respect the privacy rights of students, including their right to refrain from participation in research projects in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulation.

The Superintendent or designee may authorize research projects within the district by outside groups or persons when such research is aligned with district goals and objectives and is likely to benefit the district without disrupting the school program.

No test, questionnaire, survey, or examination containing any questions about the student's personal beliefs or practices in sex, family life, morality and religion, or any questions about his parents'/guardians' beliefs and practices in sex, family life, morality and religion, shall be administered to any student in kindergarten or grade 1 through 12, inclusive, unless the parent/guardian of the student is notified in writing that such test, questionnaire survey, or examination is to be administered and the parent/guardian of the student gives written permission for the student to take such test, questionnaire, survey, or examination.

Research on students of the district beyond the conventional testing program (both district-wide and for the purposes of evaluation of the individual student) shall not be carried on except under at least the following circumstances:

1. The research design has been presented to and approved by the Superintendent.

2. All research instruments, including but not limited to questionnaires, surveys, and interview forms, have been submitted to and approved by the Superintendent.

3. Adequate care has been taken to protect the privacy rights of individual students.

4. A final copy of all research reports, theses, dissertations, and/or surveys, including analyses and conclusions, shall be presented to the Superintendent for the use of the district, and that the district shall have the right to utilize the research in the best interests of the children of the district.

5. The Board or the Superintendent shall have the right to refuse publication rights if the Board, in its judgment, believes that the research was not carried out according to the highest standards or research, that the analysis and/or conclusion presents a biased or incorrect position, that the research was not carried out according to the approved research design, or that publication of the research study will present an immediate danger to the educational program.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that parents/guardians receive prior notification of any surveys or evaluations that collect personal student information and that consent is obtained in accordance with law.

Legal Reference:


51513 Personal beliefs


1232h Protection of pupil rights

Management Resources:




USDOE, Family Policy Compliance Office:


adopted: June 23, 2011 Vista, California