Data Requests

Please check the data available for download page for data needed before submitting a data request form. Many state-, district-, and school-level data sets are available for public use, however the department does not make student-level data available for public consumption. In reviewing requests for additional data, consideration is given to access permitted by statute and federal law, privacy concerns, security procedures, the availability of staff to monitor the data release and the perceived benefits of the research.

The department is continuously looking to enhance its relationships with leading education researchers. If you or your organization are interested in using TDOE data for research purposes, please inform the department by submitting a data request form (available in box on right).

Tennessee Department of Education Research Priorities

As noted, data requests that require considerable TDOE effort will be evaluated partially by their connection to key departmental research priorities. Please review the department research priorities below before submitting a data request:

  1. How are educator preparation, qualifications, licensure, and compensation linked to student achievement and growth and educator effectiveness?
  2. What is the quality of implementation of our highest priority programs and initiatives, particularly the educator evaluation system and the transition to Common Core standards? What are the effects of these programs on students, teachers, and schools?
  3. To what extent do current district and school accountability policies accurately identify districts and schools and to what extent do these policies promote improvement in outcomes?
  4. What policies and interventions have been most effective in supporting students with special needs? What are district and school best practices around special education?
  5. How can we predict early which students are off track for meeting key educational milestones such as preparation for algebra or on-time high school graduation?
  6. Have the state’s school turnaround efforts and particularly the Achievement School District been effective? What practices have characterized these efforts and how might these practices inform future turnaround work?
  7. What are the characteristics of school and district leaders that best support student achievement, and which state policies and practices contribute to a leadership team that shares these characteristics?
  8. How can we use local, state, and federal resources more strategically to support student achievement? In particular, what professional development investments lead to the greatest teacher and student improvement?
  9. Which state, district, and school actions could be considered best practices?
  10. How ready are Tennessee public high school graduates for college and career?

The department takes personally identifiable data security very seriously. Individuals and/or organizations must have systems in place to ensure security, sign a memorandum of understanding, and align their work with the TDOE Research Priorities. Not all data requests, both confidential and non-confidential, will be granted. Priority will be given to requests that coincide with the TDOE stated research questions.

Data Privacy & Security

The department is committed to protecting the confidentiality of the state’s students and teachers and complies with all applicable and federal and state laws.  Additionally, the department believes that making effective education policy that leads students to higher levels of achievement is based on data and analysis. 

Public Chapter 905 §5 (1), known as the Data Accessibility and Transparency Act, requires the state department of education to “create, publish, and make publicly available a data inventory and dictionary or index of data elements with definitions of individual student data fields currently in the student data system along with the purpose or reason for inclusion in the data system.”

Public Chapter 905 §6 requires the state department of education to outline "criteria for the approval of research and data requests from state and local agencies, the general assembly, and the public." The document linked below describes the department's current processes for handling confidential data requests and the protective measures required on any data that we provide for research purposes.

Research Partners

In order to evaluate the state’s education reforms, the department partners with outside research organizations and universities.  In accordance with Public Chapter 905 Section 5 (A)(v), the department must provide public notice of all parties conducting research on behalf of the department.  These requests approved in compliance with FERPA and other relevant state and federal privacy laws and policies. 

Research Projects

Researchers & Institution Project Data Date of Termination
Richard Correnti  (University of Pittsburgh) Study compares information provided by new TN constructed-response assessments with information from TCAP state assessments Student testing and demographic data from TCAP, CRA, and Writing Assessments September 30, 2014
Educational Testing Service Program evaluation of SITES-M Race to the Top program Student enrollment and testing data for SITES-M locations Following final submission of 2014 report
Walton Foundation School-level value-added estimates and comparisons Student demographic and testing data for Memphis students only December 31, 2015
Tennessee Consortium for Research, Evaluation, and Development (TNCRED) Series of studies evaluating Tennessee Race to the Top initiatives Student assessment, course-taking, demographics and staff data June 30, 2015
Jessica Rosner (Harvard University) Quantitative study investigating impact of different levels of TVAAS and evaluation scores on novice and veteran teacher mobility and retention De-identified teacher evaluation data and de-identified teacher retention data from 2011-12 and 2012-13 July 30, 2015
Strategic Data Project (Harvard University) Study evaluates the landscape of the high school to college pipeline in TN Masked student-level demographic, testing, and college-going data from 2008-2013 provided by MeasureTN Discussing possible extension
Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) (Stanford University) CREDO study compares outcomes for students in charter and non-charter schools Student enrollment, demographics, and testing info December 31, 2016
CNA Study looks at the impact of the Northeast Tennessee College and Career Ready Consortium on college readiness, AP participation and performance, and college enrollment and persistence. Student enrollment, demographic, course-taking, ACT score, AP exam score data for students statewide. September 30, 2016
Matthew Ronfeldt (University of Michigan) Study uses teacher observation data to understand link between teacher prep and teacher outcomes De-identified teacher evaluation data October 1, 2017
John Papay and John Tyler (Brown University) 
Eric Taylor (Stanford University)
Study considers the effect of a teacher partnership intervention on various teacher and student outcomes De-identified teacher evaluation data for active program years December 31, 2017
NAEP Governing Board Study looks at the alignment between NAEP, other state assessments, and college outcomes Student enrollment, demographics, and testing data for NAEP-tested students May 14, 2018
Steven Hemelt (University of North Carolina) and Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan) Study looks at the effect of new TN dual credit courses on student outcomes High school testing, enrollment, and demographic data and college enrollment and remediation for students in treatment and control schools December 31, 2019
Dale Farran, Mark Lipsey, and Kerry Hofer (Vanderbilt University) Study considers the effects of Tennessee’s Voluntary Pre-K Program on short and long-term student outcomes Student demographics, enrollment, and testing data tracking relevant pre-K applicants as they progress through elementary and junior high June, 2020
RTI International TDOE has partnered in the construction of an “evaluation engine” site that will allow state-approved users to quickly evaluate the effects of state and district programs on student outcomes. Note: users will have no access to anything other than aggregate data. Student demographics, testing data, and graduation/withdrawal status Upon state withdrawal from project

Compliance with Privacy and Security Laws

In accordance with Public Chapter 905, the department must “develop, publish, and make publicly available policies and procedures to comply with FERPA, T.C.A. §10-7-504, and other relevant privacy laws and policies.”

Data Request Form

Non-confidential Data Request Form

Confidential Data Request Application

Please provide as much information as possible as this will allow us to better serve you. We will respond to your requests within 30 days of request submission.

Please fill out the form above and send it to education.research@tn.gov

Last Update: December 4, 2014