About Research & Evaluation Program
The aim of research performed within the CNMI PSS is to support decisions made toward achieving the district’s vision, mission and strategic priorities. CNMI law allows research requests to be made to PSS by a “responsible official (i.e., department chairman or above) of an institution of higher education or a professional organization” (CNMI Education Code § 60-20-320). While student-level data are exempt from the PSS disclosure, the PSS has authority within CNMI and federal law to enter into written agreements for research studies to be conducted on behalf of the PSS. In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1984 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), the research studies conducted on behalf of the PSS must meet at least one of the following criteria:
developing, validating, or administering predictive tests;
administering student aid programs; or
Depending on the PSS’ resources, the PSS will use its discretion in determining which research studies and data products to prioritize and support.