Conducting Research in NCSS

Newton County Schools has established guidelines for the research approval process. Applications will be reviewed with respect to the district's goals and mission of ensuring success for each student. All research conducted in Newton County Schools must:

  • protect the rights and privacy of staff, students, and parents/guardians
  • not interfere with instructional time to the detriment of student learning
  • support continuous school system improvement goals


Applicants seeking to conduct research within their own school as a requirement for a graduate course should complete the "Application to Conduct Action Research" and submit it to their principal (not to the district-level). These applications are reviewed by principals on an ongoing basis throughout the school year.

Applicants seeking to conduct research as a requirement for a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation should complete the "Application to Conduct Research" and "Checklist for District Approval" and submit these documents to the district for approval. District-level review occurs in three cycles throughout the school year.

Instructions are provided within each application.

Helpful Documents

Application to Conduct Action Research (principal approval)

Application to Conduct Research (district approval)

Deadlines for Submission of Application Materials (for District Approval)*:


Deadline for Submission

Application Decisions Issued By

Cycle I

August 13

October 15

Cycle II

February 15

March 18

Cycle III

May 13

July 15

*Only complete applications will be reviewed

State and Local Policies

Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment

For additional questions, please contact Dr. M. Lynn Janes.

Phone number: 770-787-1330, ext. 1216

Email: [email protected]