COVID-19 Research Policy Update

Please note we have updated our research review policy due to COVID-19 and its impact on the MNPS learning environment. This decision is explained in our and follows guidance from the .

The Research Review Committee (RRC) continues to review all proposals on a monthly basis (procedure outlined below). However, if your research includes active data collection from MNPS students, staff, or families during the 2020-21 school year, please know that it will not be approved at this time. 

  • If you are requesting to conduct active data collection and the RRC decides your study would be approved under normal conditions, then you will receive a Delayed Approval. This means an approved start date for your study will be contingent on the state of the MNPS learning environment and public health conditions, which means your research may not be permitted to begin until the 2021-22 school year.

  •  If your study cannot be conducted without active data collection in the 2020-21 school year, we encourage you to reach out to other surrounding counties to conduct your research in a school district that may be implementing a more traditional learning environment, and therefore may be more amenable to accommodating external research activities.

We appreciate your continued understanding as we navigate these decisions in the best interest of students, staff, and families. 

Conducting Research in 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. The MNPS 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.

About the Review Process

新皇冠体育盘口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. Action research at the MA/EdS level 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.

新皇冠体育盘口The RRC reviews each proposal on the following criteria:

  1. 新皇冠体育盘口Is the proposal designed so that valid and reliable results can be expected? 

  2. Is there a reasonable chance that the study will contribute something useful and of value to the school system? 

  3. 新皇冠体育盘口Does the study make adequate provisions for the protection of personal rights and privacy?

  4. Does the potential of the study justify the interruption of the work of pupils, teachers, and/or staff?

新皇冠体育盘口Our research review policies are guided by the , and any research approved by the RRC is subject to the rules and regulations as specified by , , , and .

Preparing to Submit a Proposal to the Research Review Committee

  • Important information to read before submitting a proposal: 

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Guidance on submitting an exemplar application: 

  • 新皇冠体育盘口Guidance on Informed Consent/Assent: 

  • If approved, note that background clearance is required through the MNPS process: 

Submitting a Proposal to the Research REview Committee

新皇冠体育盘口Please follow these instructions to complete your application:

  1. Download the to your computer so you will be able to save, exit, and come back to working on it.

  2. Complete every section (1-9) of the fillable application form. 

  3. Save the completed application with the Principal Investigator’s last name and submission date in the title. Example: “Smith_091520”

  4. Electronically submit the application with all supporting attachments to mnps-rae@keepgraphica.com新皇冠体育盘口. A complete proposal includes the research application and all necessary supplemental documents.

Research REview Committee Timeline

Proposals received by the last day of each month will be reviewed the following month at the RRC meeting. 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.

 Please note: 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 between: Will be reviewed at the RRC meeting in:
March 1 - May 31
June 1 - June 30
July 1 - July 31
August 1 - August 31
September 1 - September 30
October 1 - October 31
November 1 - November 30
December 1 - December 31
January 1 - January 31
February 1 - February 28

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.

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:




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 , 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

新皇冠体育盘口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.