Bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice

Through strategic partnerships, we conduct research in collaboration with state and local education leaders to inform policies that affect school systems, educators, and ultimately, students.


About TERA

TERA is one of the only research-practice partnerships in the country focused on state-level education policy. We connect Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and the Tennessee Department of Education to expand a knowledge base in key topic areas.  Through TERA, scholars at Vanderbilt and other leading universities carry out high-quality, practical research that informs state-level policy, impacts the practice in schools and districts across Tennessee, and contributes to national conversations on K-12 education.

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