One of Tennessee’s most prestigious centers, the Center for Research in Educational
Policy (CREP) is a designated State Center of Excellence dedicated to improving PreK-12
education. A vital part of The University of Memphis’ research mission, we are proud
to be one of the 21 research centers and institutes in the University of Memphis’
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
The Center for Research in Educational Policy plans and conducts high-quality studies
and evaluations to determine what works in schools. CREP has served as a direct contributor
to research addressing the goals of Race to the Top and No Child Left Behind, as proposed
by the National Academy of Sciences, the What Works Clearinghouse, and the Center
on Innovation & Improvement. We meet the diverse needs of the educational community
by designing valid and reliable instruments for data gathering.
With national recognition for work in areas such as school reform and choice, teaching
methods, school climate, educational technology, student attitude assessment, teacher
support, parent and community involvement, technology use, program implementation,
and student achievement, the Center for Research in Educational Policy brings to the
table diverse experience in education, evaluation, and practical solutions for schools.
At CREP, we also offer objective third-party evaluations that meet the requirement
for third-party evaluators mandated by most major grantors, such as NSF and IES. In
addition to our sizable bank of valid and reliable instruments, we design customized
quantitative and qualitative survey, observation, and interview tools to meet the
third-party evaluation needs of each project.
We also employ formative evaluation methods for school improvement decision-making
and support, as well as evaluate interventions for at-risk students including those
with a focus on Literacy and Early Literacy; Science, Engineering, Technology, and
Math (STEM); and School Climate and Culture.
While our work is wide-ranging, we have developed specialized areas of expertise.
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- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
- School Leadership
- School Climate and Culture
- Educational Technology
- Federal Supplemental Educational Services
- School Improvement and Effectiveness