Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research 2021-08-12T15:17:17+00:00 T. Scott Holcomb Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research (JAEPR) is a peer-reviewed, scholarly, open-access journal of the Center for Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in partnership with the North Carolina Association for Researchers in Education (NCARE). The journal's intent is to publish quarterly. All submissions undergo a rigorous peer-review process by members of the editorial staff, editorial board, and invited reviewers. There are no author fees. JAEPR accepts manuscripts of original research, application of educational research methodology, and commentaries on policy analysis. Articles for the Research section report the results of empirical studies that focus on relevant educational policy-related topics. Articles for the Methods Forum section outline unique applications of educational research and evaluation methods. Articles for the Policy Forum section explore topics relevant to educational policy at the local, state, and national levels.</p> Preparing Candidates for edTPA Task 3: The Experience of One Educator Preparation Program 2021-06-25T14:59:11+00:00 Jennifer Richardson McGee Susan Colby Hannah Reeder <p>Analyzing classroom assessment data is a common practice for teachers; making it vital that preservice teachers learn this skill. Educator preparation programs (EPP), however, often lack formal opportunities for teacher candidates to become data and assessment literate (Mandinach &amp; Gummer, 2016; Xu &amp; Brown, 2016). This study examined how one EPP worked to close this skills gap for candidates by creating a culture around assessment literacy, requiring assessment coursework, and assigning projects aimed at preparing candidates for edTPA Task 3. Three distinct datasets were used to examine the research questions across time. Findings showed that the efforts of the EPP towards these goals garnered student success in improving assessment literacy through a required assessment course and high pass rates for edTPA Task 3: Assessment. </p> 2021-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research Table of Contents 2021-08-12T14:54:29+00:00 Scott Holcomb Kristin Villanueva 2021-08-12T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Applied Educational and Policy Research