TERA is one of a small but growing number of efforts around the country to further bridge the gap between research, policy, and practice through ongoing partnerships between researchers and practitioners. By working together, those who do rigorous analysis and those who need strong evidence to inform their work can have a greater impact on policy and practice.
Why We're Unique
Among research-practice partnerships, TERA is one of the only such efforts focused on state-level education policy. TERA brings together Vanderbilt University's Peabody College and the Tennessee Department of Education to create an expanding body of knowledge within three interrelated research strands that directly impact Tennessee's school improvement strategies. 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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