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Research, Data & Evaluation

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  • Overview


    The Research, Data, and Evaluation (RDE) unit supports the mission and goals of the DeKalb County School District by providing fair, accurate, and relevant information that promotes a culture of informed decision making. Through collaboration and communication with both internal and external stakeholders, RDE seeks to provide our constituents with high-quality data resulting in insights and solutions to the district’s most pressing challenges.

    RDE will operate as the center for the district’s data analysis and management and will ensure that research conducted by affiliates, employees and vendors align with the district’s strategic plan and commitment to its stakeholders.

    RDE conducts district-wide surveys and data collection for instructional improvement and planning initiatives; coordinates and manages data requests to conduct educational research; compiles reviews of literature and identifies current trends in education to support the district leadership in planning for the future; provides research consultation; and offers technical training and assistance to schools, departments, and professional staff.


    The RDE team is committed to creating data-driven solutions that

    • Inform decisions made by policymakers and stakeholders within and without the district
    • Provide insight about the effectiveness of district programs and policies for future endeavors
    • Lead to innovation in research and evaluation methodologies using existing tools and resources

    Commitment to Accuracy

    Accuracy is key to each aspect of the department’s operation. The team strives to ensure that data provided are

    • Complete and meets requested specifications
    • Accurate during every stage—from retrieval to analysis.
    • Accessible for seamless communication between departments
    The Department of Research, Data, and Evaluation is responsible for processing data requests from both internal and external constituents. To begin your data request, please click the data request form box below.

    Research Proposals


    External Agency Research Information & Instructions for Conducting Research
    Local School Research Information & Instructions for Conducting Research
    Doctoral Degree Research Information & Instructions for Conducting Research

    Research Proposals Procedures

    All prospective researchers who are interested in conducting research in DeKalb County School District are required to submit a formal application and receive written approval before any research activities may begin. The district has adopted new guidelines for conducting research that should streamline the process.
    Friday, March 27, 2020 is The Last Day to Collect Data in The Schools For The 2019-2020 School Year (Due to State Assessments and End-Of-Year Activities)
    Submission Deadline (Midnight) Reviewed Decision Letter Sent
    (approximate date)
    August 23, 2019 September 2019 October, 2019
    December 13, 2019 January 2020 February, 2020
    April 24, 2020 May 2020 June, 2020
    Special Interest Materials Distribution (KIB-R)
    – addresses conducting research, administering surveys and questionnaires, and defines what the district considers to be research and/or data collection proposals

    Evaluation of Instructional Program (IJ)
    – addresses the evaluation of instructional programs


    1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard | Stone Mountain, GA 30083

    Dr. Knox Phillips
    Associate Superintendent

    Dr. Joy Mordica
    Director of Research, Data & Evaluation

    Dr. Carol Thurman
    Coordinator II

    Michael Shaw
    Coordinator II

    Dr. Michael Hines
    Data Analyst III

    Dr. Leslie Hodges
    Data Analyst III

    Vontrisia Slaughter
    Administrative Assistant