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The Tennessee Education Research Alliance is a unique research partnership committed to informing Tennessee’s school improvement efforts with useful, timely, and high-quality studies.

The Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA) brings together the policy leadership of the Tennessee Department of Education with the world-class expertise of Vanderbilt’s Peabody College of Education to carry out research that helps drive the state’s strategies for improving teaching and learning and contributes to the national conversation on education policy and practice.

Guided by a steering committee of Peabody and TDOE officials, and with input from a broad-based advisory council of stakeholders, TERA directs scholarship, publishes and widely disseminates briefs, reports, and research syntheses that help policymakers and practitioners to better understand core challenges, design and improve solutions, and evaluate results.