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Tennessee has a long history of supporting high-quality research to inform education policy and practice. The Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) builds on this history to continue the legacy of creating research that directly impacts state policy.

Launched in 2016 as a part of the  Peabody Research Institute, the Tennessee Education Research Alliance builds on previous partnerships between Vanderbilt University's Peabody College of Education and the state of Tennessee including Project STAR and the Tennessee Consortium on Research, Evaluation, and Development (TNCRED). With a full time staff and leadership including a steering committee and advisory council, TERA has developed a coherent research agenda aimed at building a body of knowledge that helps the state to better meet its school improvement objectives. With this goal of building the state’s capacity for continual improvement, the Tennessee Education Research Alliance conducts its own independent studies and directs external research to provide timely information to state policymakers.