Conducting Research Within Metro Schools

If you or your organization is interested in conducting research within Metro Nashville Public Schools, we are happy to facilitate that. Our Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation is guided by the district’s research policy, which recognizes the benefits that can accrue from allowing external researchers responsible and reasonable access to MNPS students and staff.

In order to conduct research within MNPS, a written proposal must be submitted to the Executive Director of our Department of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation. In general, these proposals should be submitted the month prior to your desired research dates, as specified below.

April 2016
Proposal Due Date: N/A

May 2016
Proposal Due Date: N/A

June 2016
Proposal Due Date: May 29th

July 2016
Proposal Due Date: June 30th

August 2016
Proposal Due Date: July 29th

September 2016
Proposal Due Date: August 31st

October 2016
Proposal Due Date: September 30th

November 2016
Proposal Due Date: October 30th

December 2016
Proposal Due Date: November 30th

January 2017
Proposal Due Date: December 30th

February 2017
Proposal Due Date: January 29th

March 2017
Proposal Due Date: December 30th

Questions, comments, and research proposals should be directed to

or 615-259-8430. Due to assessments, graduation, and other end-of-year demands, the Research/Survey Committee does NOT meet in the months of April or May. During your research, you will be subject to the rules and regulations as specified by the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA).

Helpful Resources For Researchers:


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.


Tennessee Achievement School District

Tennessee Achievement School District, or ASD, is a state program aiming to take the lowest achieving 5% of Tennessee schools, and catapult them into the top 25%. Below is research on ASD’s performance:

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.

Exceptional Education

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:



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.


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.

School Climate/Culture

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.

Family Resources

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.