The following information about being in a research study is taken from the research protocol approved by the IRB at Clemson University.

Literacy Needs Assessment of Middle and High School Classroom Teachers


Voluntary Consent: We are a group of professors in Education Departments representing multiple institutions of higher education throughout South Carolina, including the Citadel, Clemson, College of Charleston, and University of South Carolina. inviting you to volunteer for a research study.

Alternative to Participation: Participation is voluntary and the only alternative is to not participate.

Study Purpose: We are studying teachers’ knowledge and efficacy in embedding literacy practices into their middle or high school level content-based classes. This includes all content areas (e.g. music, art, physical education, science, math, social studies).

Activities and Procedures: Your part in the study will be to take a survey,

Participation Time: The survey is expected to take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.

Risks and Discomforts: While there are limited risks to participating in this study, you may be asked questions that you are not comfortable answering or do not have the knowledge to answer right away. This could cause frustration.

Possible Benefits: Some potential benefits of this study include participation in research that showcases how South Carolina teacher’s efficacy and knowledge related to incorporating literacy within their classrooms. This research will contribute to understanding of how Read2Succeed literacy requirements are being implemented in classrooms and how teachers perceive their own knowledge.


The results of this study may be published in scientific journals, professional publications, or educational presentations.

Your name will not be asked of you at any time before, during, or after the survey. Survey responses will be stored for 10 years on password protected computers of all research team members for up to 10 years. The information collected during the study could be used for future research studies or distributed to another investigator for future research studies without additional informed consent from the participants or legally authorized representative.


If you have any questions or concerns about your rights in this research study, please contact the Clemson University Office of Research Compliance (ORC) at 864-656-0636 or If you are outside of the Upstate South Carolina area, please use the ORC’s

toll-free number, 866-297-3071. The Clemson IRB will not be able to answer some study-specific questions. However, you may contact the Clemson IRB if the research staff cannot be reached or if you wish to speak with someone other than the research staff.

If you have any study related questions or if any problems arise, please contact Rachelle Savitz at


By participating in the study, you indicate that you have read the information written above, been allowed to ask any questions, and you are voluntarily choosing to take part in this research. You do not give up any legal rights by taking part in this research study.

By clicking to move forward in the survey, you are giving consent.