The vision of the Madison Education Partnership (MEP) is to improve experiences and outcomes for all MMSD students and reduce gaps in opportunity and achievement.

About MEP

MEP brings together the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in a locally based, nationally relevant, research-practice partnership.  MEP joins research and practice by engaging in mutually defined, high-quality, problem-based research that contributes to policy, builds capacity, and strengthens practice. 

Collaborating on MEP are UW Madison researchers and faculty; MMSD administration, teachers and staff; and stakeholders from the broader Madison community. The partnership enables research to be conducted more quickly and results released more efficiently—to advance strategies that benefit Madison students, families, and schools.


New Article in Sage Journals: Teacher Mindsets and Student Sense of Classroom Belonging

July 12, 2023

New Article in Journal of Cognition and Development: Direct Assessments of Social Skills can Complement Teacher Ratings in Predicting Children’s Academic Achievement.

May 16, 2023

Extending the school day for our youngest scholars: Learning about the first year of full-day 4K implementation in MMSD (PDF)

May 10, 2023

Extending the school day for our youngest scholars: Learning gains in full- and half-day 4K classrooms (PDF) and MEP Full-day 4K Evaluation: Examining 4K Classroom Pedagogy (PDF)

May 10, 2023

Ongoing Research Topics

Early Education

Full-day 4K Evaluation: MEP worked with MMSD to measure 4K students’ skills at the start and end of the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 school years in both full-day and half-day 4K classes. In 2022-23 we extended this work to 5K. We also looked at the distribution of culturally responsive and inclusive pedagogical practices in 4K classrooms. MEP and MMSD are working together now to take these findings and use them to influence the full-day 4K program in 2023-24.

Postsecondary Enrollment and Success

MEP is partnering with MMSD’s Research, Assessment & Improvement (RAI) team (1) to understand how the odds of a student completing a postsecondary education shift as they progress in their K-12 education and (2) to identify school-based programs and practices in the district that significantly change the odds a student will enroll in college and complete a degree.

Mental Health

In a mixed-methods study using data from 12 middle schools currently engaging in the REST program in MMSD, MEP is seeking to help improve screening, referral, and access to mental health services in Madison schools. This work is done in collaboration with the MMSD Student & Staff Support team.

Middle School Math Tutoring

MMEP is partnering with MMSD’s Secondary Programs and Pathways; Engagement, Diversity Equity, and Inclusion; and Research, Assessment & Improvement (RAI) teams and UW-Madison partners to develop, implement, and evaluate a tutoring intervention focused on middle school math. We will pilot this intervention in Spring 2024 and scale it up in 2024-25.