Research and Evaluation

The Office of Research and Evaluation supports site and district leadership teams in monitoring trends in student learning, using educational data to inform school and district annual planning, and designing program evaluations. In addition, the office conducts district-wide research and evaluation studies, manages district-wide survey administration, and processes requests to conduct academic and evaluation research.

Ad-hoc reporting for SBUSD employees is facilitated by Education Technology Services (ETS). Please submit a ticket to ETS through Zendesk for support in creating queries or custom reports, and select Aeries under Issue Type.

Internal Program Evaluation

If you are a current district employee who is interested in piloting or implementing a program, please use the program evaluation template and submit it to your assistant superintendent.

Internal Program Evaluation: Directions and Forms

If you are a current district employee conducting research for a graduate degree program, a community partner, or an academic researcher, please use the academic and evaluation research forms and process in the section below.

Academic and Evaluation Research

If you are a community partner or academic researcher (including SBUnified employees enrolled in a graduate program), and wish to conduct a program evaluation or academic study, please work with school administration to complete an application to conduct research. This includes community partner requests for administrative data for grant reporting purposes.

SBUnified opens one research application window annually from March 15-31. Applications must be submitted during the application window for consideration. Please note our office will be closed for spring break March 21-29, 2019; please send questions regarding applications prior to spring break for a timely response.

SBUnified staff aim to have decisions made before the end of each school year, with formal approval and preparations in place before the start of each school year.

Academic and Evaluation Research Application: Directions and Forms

District-wide Survey Research Administration

SBUnified contracts with professional research entities for the administration and analysis of many district-wide surveys, in addition to developing and administering our own surveys. Survey research administration may include, but is not limited to the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Surveys (Cal-SCHLS).


California Department of Education (CDE):

Data and Statistics: Data and statistics collected from California schools and learning support resources to identify trends and educational needs and to measure performance

Testing and Accountability: Provides information on student academic achievement and program requirements

California Accountability Model and School Dashboard: California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures

State Priorities Snapshot: Graphic display of data required for the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) relating to implementation of state priorities in the areas of Student Achievement, Student Engagement and School Climate

Santa Barbara Unified School District:

School Accountability Report Cards (SARCs)

Testing and Assessments


Maria Nielson Administrative Secretary II (805) 963-4338 X6232