Option A

Option A is the traditional program review option. This option requires that the programs select 6 to 8 key assessments required of all candidates. These assessments include:

  • Assessment 1: State Licensure Exam
  • Assessment 2: Additional Content Assessment
  • Assessment 3: Assessment of Candidates’ Ability to Plan Instruction
  • Assessment 4: Assessment of Student Teaching/Internship Performance
  • Assessment 5: Assessment of Candidate Impact on Student Performance
  • Assessment 6: Additional Required Assessment (specified for some SPAs, such as the OPI for ACTFL)
  • Assessments 7 & 8: Optional Additional Assessments

Option B

This option provides institutions greater flexibility to choose their own assessments (up to a maximum of 8) and take responsibility to demonstrate the collection demonstrates candidate mastery of the SPA standards.  EPPs must include state licensure exam data and demonstrate content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge and skills, as well as candidate impact on student learning.

Option C

UPDATE Notification: Option C removed as an option in the SPA review process
On June 11, 2015, the CAEP Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the State Partnership and Content Areas Committee to remove Option C as an option in the SPA review process.

Transition Plan:


  • Spring 2016: Programs will be able to submit program reports for initial review, response to conditions, and revised reports.
  • Fall 2016 Onward: Programs that are in the pipeline (Revised and Response to Conditions Reports) will be accepted for review. No initial reports will be processed.
  • Fall 2017: Option C will no longer be available for SPA program review. Programs will use either Option A, B, or D.

For queries on Option C reports, please contact Banhi Bhattacharya, Sr. Director of Program Review.

Option D

Validity and Reliability Studies Option:

This option permits an institution to conduct validity and reliability studies of its assessments in lieu of other program report evidence requirements. The validity and reliability of assessments (content in relation to standards, consistency with other evidence, success in subsequent employment, etc.) is so integral to a standards and performance-based national recognition review that systematic examination of validity is essential.  It would, by definition, directly address SPA standards.  It would permit institutions with appropriately prepared faculty to formulate a task as part of accreditation that is meaningful for them, while, not unimportantly, helping to advance the research base for educator preparation.  It is an option that might lend itself to joint participation across several institutions, or at least across programs within an institution.  It is probably not an option that every institution has the capacity to execute; moreover, it would require a different kind of selection and/or training of reviewers. Before a program could choose this option, it must receive approval from CAEP.

Initial Licensure/Post-Baccalaureate (IL/PB) Option

UPDATE Notification: IL/PB Review will be discontinued as a program review option for national recognition

NCATE adopted the Initial Licensure/Post Baccalaureate (IL/PB) review option in 2010 as a way for secondary licensure post-baccalaureate programs to acquire national recognition. Due to the very low number of programs pursuing this option and a low success rate among these programs, on December 3, 2015, the CAEP Board of Directors approved the recommendation of the State Partnership and Content Areas Committee to eliminate the IL/PB SPA program review process with the following phase-out plan:
• Spring 2016: Programs will be able to submit program reports for initial review, response to conditions, and revised reports.
• Fall 2016 Onward: Programs that are in the pipeline (Revised and Response to Conditions Reports) will be accepted for review. No initial reports will be processed.

Implications for IL/PB Programs: 
Alternative certification programs and secondary post-baccalaureate programs may submit reports to CAEP for review with Feedback option (where there is an existing CAEP-state agreement), or submit a report for review by their respective states. Providers are requested to contact their state department of education for information on program review of IL/PB programs.