• Research and Educational Partnerships

    Dear Prospective Researcher,

    Atlanta Public Schools (APS) encourages meaningful empirical research and offers the services of the Office of Research and Evaluation to facilitate the efforts of researchers in conducting approved studies. Guidelines have been formulated to regulate research activities, to protect the rights of students and staff, and to avoid interference with the ongoing instructional programs in schools.

    The following conditions apply to all research requests:

    • Research applications must contain all required documents upon submission for review. Researchers must submit a completed Atlanta Public Schools Research Request Application. The committee will not review incomplete applications. 
    • Research proposals that include data collection will be reviewed twice a year by the Research Review Committee. 
      • Applications for fall start dates (i.e., August 1st - October 31st) must be submitted by May 1st of each year. Decision letters will be delivered no later than July 31. 
      • Applications for winter/spring start dates (i.e., January 1st - March 31st) must be submitted by October 1st of each year. Decision letters will be delivered no later than December 15.
    • Research using secondary data only (i.e., requests for existing data to support formal research) will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Decision letters will be delivered 12-weeks after the date of submission.
    • Due to the administration of state standardized tests, no research may be conducted in APS schools during the months of April or May. 
    • The committee may approve or deny research proposals. During the review period, the committee may follow-up with the applicant for clarity and/or may request modifications to the proposal.

    APS school-based employees conducting research at their assigned school for class projects as part of a Master's degree program should complete the Internal APS Class Project Research Application. An approval letter from your school principal must be submitted at the time of your application.

    More detailed information regarding the processes and procedures for conducting research can be reviewed in the Research Resources section.  

    Thank you.

    Monique O'Bryant, Ph.D.

    Director, Research and Evaluation
    130 Trinity Ave., SW, 5th Floor
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    P: 404.802.2697
    F: 404.802.1601


  • APS Research Modification and Extension Form