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About TERA

TERA bridges the gap between education research, policy, and practice in Tennessee. Our partnership-focused approach places research in the hands of education leaders tasked with finding policy and practice solutions.

Why We're Unique

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.

Advisory Council

TERA periodically consults with a broad array of Tennessee education stakeholders to get their input and feedback on ongoing research, emerging findings, and dissemination plans. Advisory Council members represent the following organizations:

  • State Board of Education
  • Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE)
  • Tennessee Education Association
  • The Education Trust
  • Tennessee Higher Education Commission
  • Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents
  • Tennessee School Boards Association
  • Governor's Office
  • Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance