I. CONDUCTING RESEARCH WITHIN MNPS
If you or your organization is interested in conducting a research project, a program evaluation project, a stand-alone survey, or an action research project within Metro Nashville Public Schools, we are happy to facilitate a proposal review. Our Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation recognizes the benefits that can accrue from allowing internal and external researchers responsible and reasonable access to MNPS students and staff.
II. PROPOSALS FOR RESEARCH, PROGRAM EVALUATION, STAND-ALONE SURVEYS, ACTION RESEARCH
*UPDATED APPLICATION PROCEDURE EFFECTIVE JUNE 2017*
In order to conduct research within MNPS, a completed research application (link below) must be electronically submitted to the MNPS Research Review Committee (RRC) for review. Master’s level action research may be eligible for an expedited review, but all other proposals for research, surveys, and/or program evaluation must be reviewed at the monthly RRC meeting. Our research review policies are guided by the Belmont Report, and any research approved by the RRC is subject to the rules and regulations as specified by Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA).
The RRC reviews each proposal on the following criteria:
- Is the proposal designed so that valid and reliable results can be expected?
- Is there a reasonable chance that the study will contribute something useful and of value to the school system?
- Does the study make adequate provisions for the protection of personal rights and privacy?
- Does the potential of the study justify the interruption of the work of pupils, teachers, and/or staff?
III. PROPOSAL PROCEDURES
BEFORE YOU SUBMIT – Before starting an application, please read this important information entirely.
RESEARCH APPLICATION – Please follow these instructions to complete your application:
- Download the fillable PDF application form to your computer.
- Complete every section (1-9). You will be able to save, exit, and come back to working on it.
- Save the completed application with the Principal Investigator’s last name and submission date in the title. Example: “Smith_072217”
- Electronically submit the application with any supporting attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org
IV. SUBMISSION DEADLINES FOR RRC REVIEW
Proposals received by the last day of each month will be reviewed the following month at the RRC meeting (please refer to the table below). A complete proposal includes the research application and all supporting documents. RRC meetings typically occur around the middle of each month and responses are usually sent to researchers within one week following the meeting. The RRC may decide that a research proposal requires additional review beyond their expertise and so that may extend the response wait time.
Due to assessments, graduation, and other end-of-year demands, the RRC does NOT meet in the months of April or May, so proposals submitted in March, April, or May will be reviewed in June.
|Proposals submitted by:||Will be reviewed at the RRC meeting in:|
March 31, April 30, May 31
School Research & Reports
We believe in absolute transparency in our educational process, from start to finish. We want you to understand why we make the decisions we do, and for that reason, we allow public access to all relevant research that we use to make those decisions. Below you will find a list of resources that we use to evaluate both our own progress, as well as the progress of our students. These reports are categorized by subject.
School Climate Survey
As part of the district-wide emphasis on establishing and monitoring positive school culture and climate, this fall we will continue Teacher & Staff School Climate Surveys and introduce a new Student School Climate Survey for grades 3-12. Panorama will continue to be our online tool for climate surveys. Survey content will evolve as our district develops “a common understanding of the characteristics of a positive and welcoming school environment” (MNPS Strategic Framework, S3, #1). Here are some notes on the surveys:
- Teacher, staff, and student survey window opens Oct. 16 and closes Nov. 3
- Surveys are anonymous to all MNPS personnel
- Surveys will be short
- Schools will receive links for students in grades 3-12 to take the online School Climate Survey
- Panorama will send teachers and staff members individual links to complete the survey
- It would be helpful to allow teachers and staff members time to complete the survey at their desks during a staff meeting
- Topics for teachers: Educating all Students, Leadership Relationships, Student Mindset, Resources, School Leadership, Family Relationships, School Climate
- Topics for students: Academic Press, School Safety, Student Voice & Engagement, Trust & Caring Environment
Charter Schools / Mathematica
KIPP is one of a few public charter schools operating in the Nashville area
Our charter schools allow our educators more room for innovation and flexibility in the way they design their curriculums, but that does not come at the expense of accountability. The educational process that takes place in our charter schools is held to the same high standards as any other school.
We have a responsibility to provide an educational framework that will empower our students that have learning disabilities. Our special education programs are constantly subject to constructive research, the results of which are listed below:
-  Report: Responsiveness to Instruction From Students With Reading/Math Disabilities
-  Results: Promoting Self Determination
-  Findings From Center For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Literacy is one of the most critical skills that we, as educators, are responsible for imparting to our students. The mission is critical, and our efforts are continuously subject to scrutiny and research in order to figure how to better service our students that are at risk for illiteracy. Our findings are available here for you to read through.
-  Assessment of Reading Recovery Literacy Groups Performance
-  Mid-Year Follow-Up With Reading Recovery Students
-  Initial Evaluation Of Reading Recovery Program
-  Effectiveness of Morphological Problem Solving In Middle Schools
-  Study On Predicting & Working With Reading Difficulties in Children
-  Summary & Results of Pre-Kindergarten eBook Project
-  Evaluating the Student Language Intervention Program
At Metro Nashville Public Schools, work continuously to find ways to empower our students and encourage them to grapple with tough subjects like math. Here you will find a collection of studies that have been conducted on the effectiveness of the MNPS math programs in the last few years. We also encourage you to learn about H.A.L.F., an organization specializing in teaching mathematics to at-risk children.
The culture and social climate of our schools are of close to equal importance as the actual curriculums we teach. If our students do not feel comfortable, it will be much more difficult to drive meaningful academic progress. This too has been the subject of study and research.
Testing & Assessments
The way that we, at Metro Nashville Public Schools, administer our tests and prepare our students for those tests is very important. We do everything we can to give our students the opportunities they need in order to perform well academically. Here you will find a study conducted to evaluate testing methodologies in city schools, including Nashville.
What happens in the classroom is only part of the story. What happens to a child when they return home from school everyday has a profound impact on their performance in the classroom. If we are to stimulate true academic growth, we must take a holistic approach and help our students, as well as their families, grow. That is the aim of our PENCIL Family Resources Centers.