The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at The University of Memphis
is a State of Tennessee Center of Excellence. Since 1989 we have been committed to
improving education by serving as a valuable resource in educational research, evaluation,
One major focus for CREP is to plan and conduct high-quality studies to determine
"what works" in schools across the nation. In this regard, CREP has served as a consultant
or direct contributor to research standards designed to address the goals of No Child
Left Behind, as proposed by the National Academy of Sciences, the What Works Clearinghouse,
and the Center on Innovation and Improvement.
In addition to this research focus, another priority for CREP is to assist schools
and districts in building the capacity and ability to attain NCLB Adequate Yearly
Progress (AYP) standards. The tools and strategies that CREP has developed as part
of its Formative Evaluation Process for School Improvement (FEPSI) have become primary
sources of assistance for schools across the nation. These tools address critical
improvement factors such as teaching methods and quality, school climate, teacher
support, parent and community involvement, technology usage, program implementation,
and student achievement.
We have a large and diverse staff of researchers, practitioners, and statisticians.
As a nonprofit University-based research center, we take pride in combining scholarship
with personalized practical services. We take each project from start to finish, using
a willingness to collaborate with external organizations and interdisciplinary research
teams, our own professional expertise, and our highly customizable solutions. From
project design to making decisions based on results, CREP supports you by listening,
answering questions, and providing objective research-based advice.