The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)

What is the Ohio Improvement Process?


The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) is a unified state system of support directly focused on improving the academic achievement of all students. Ohio’s unified statewide system of support includes State Support Teams and Educational Service Center personnel who use a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance on a continuing basis.

The OIP is focused on building the capacity of leadership at all levels—district, school and teacher—to improvement the academic achievement of all students and student groups. It is designed to be a structure from which districts and schools can use data to reach informed decisions regarding instructional practices and interventions; create coherency, foster collaboration, and maintain  sustainability through the creation of District Leadership Teams (DLTs), Building Leadership Teams (BLTs), and Teacher Based Teams (TBTs); and use common tools, procedures, and protocols for implementation.

The OIP involves four stages across which processes, structures, tools, and people are connected all with the intent of helping districts:

  1. Use data to identify areas of greatest need;
  2. Develop a focused plan with a limited number of goals and strategies targeted at instructional practice and student performance;
  3. Implement and monitor; and
  4. Evaluate the effectiveness of the improvement process in changing instructional practice and student performance.

The OIP is also Ohio’s foundation for establishing a common and consistent vocabulary and set of protocols for use by Ohio’s more than 450 regional providers from educational service centers (ESCs) and state support teams (SSTs) in facilitating and supporting the improvement efforts of districts, schools, and community schools around the state.

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council

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Ohio Leadership Advisory Council


The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council is an advisory and study group comprised of representatives of key professional associations, business and school board representatives, practitioners in leadership roles, higher education representatives, and state department of education personnel. OLAC is a partnership with the Ohio Department of Education and the Buckeye Association of School Administrators.

The organization provid educators with the structures and resources necessary to develop and support effective leadership at every level. The centerpiece of OLAC’s work is the Ohio Leadership Development Framework. This framework promotes the use of collaborative structures—district leadership teams (DLTs), building leadership teams (BLTs), and teacher-based teams (TBTs)—to lead schools and share the responsibility for improving student achievement.

OLAC has developed a variety of online learning tools to support educators as they work to embed essential leadership practices at every level of a school system. These tools tools are available to all educators at no cost. Educators simply create a login and password to use the Online Learning Dashboard.

Ohio’s 5-Step Process | Videos


5-Step Process: Introduction

Step 1: Collect Evidence of Student Learning

Step 2: Analyze Assessment Results

Step 3: Plan for Instruction

Step 4: Implement with Fidelity

Step 5: Re-assess and Evaluate Effectiveness

Complete Video & Transcripts

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Along with these are videos that show aspects of the process and OIP. These can become customized to a district by filtering for grade levels, team levels, stages, typology, and category.

OIP Webinar Materials

March 25, 2013


  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) Rubric: pdf
  • No. 4b – Process Checker Role: docx | pdf
  • No. 4c – Reflective Questioner Role: doc | pdf
  • No. 5 – The Highly Effective Meeting Profile: pdf
  • No. 6a – Teacher-Based Teams Checklist: docx | pdf
  • No. 6b – 5-Step Process Building Leadership Team (BLT) Meeting Agenda and Minutes Template: doc | pdf
  • No. 6c – Tuning Protocol Overview: pdf
  • No. 8b – A Comprehensive List of Strategies that Relate to Effective Teaching: docx | pdf
  • No. 18 – Building Highly Effective Building Leadership Teams (BLTs): 18 Critical Components: mp4 | wmv | pptx
  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) Feedback to Teacher-Based Teams (TBTs) Rubric: docx | pdf
  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) 5-Step Meeting Agenda Training: Notes & Slides pdf
  • Building Leadership Team (BLT) 5-Step Meeting Agenda Training: pdf | ppt
  • No. 13 Teacher-Based Team (TBT) Rubric: doc | pdf
  • No. 18a Traditional Roles to Integrated Services: doc | pdf
  • No. 18 b1 Shift from Traditional Programs to Comprehensive Integrated Services Activity Sheet: doc | pdf
  • No. 18 b2 Shift from Traditional Programs to Comprehensive Integrated Services Chart: docx | pdf

OIP Webinar Materials

April 29, 2013


Implementation Management Monitoring Tool (IMM)

  • IMM Overview: wmv | mp4
  • Plan Item Filter: wmv | mp4
  • Implementation Details: wmv | mp4
  • Goal Target: wmv | mp4
  • Strategy Indicator/Progress Measure: wmv | mp4
  • Action Step Implementation Details: wmv | mp4
  • Communication Approach: wmv | mp4
  • Reports: wmv | mp4
  • Resource 10: District Focused Plan (IMM Template): doc | pdf
  • Evaluation Report Development Guide: doc | pdf
  • OIP Stage 4: 6 IMM Questions Workbook: docx | pdf
  • OIP Lead Facilitator PowerPoint: pptm | pdf
  • 2013 OIP Implementation Criteria and Rubric: pdf
  • Leading School District Focused Action Plan: doc | pdf
  • Monitoring – Evaluation Chart: pdf
  • OIP Stage 4 Monitoring Evaluation (B. McNulty): wmv | mp4
  • Progress Monitoring Evaluation Model: jpg | pdf
  • Theory of Action: pdf

Weeding the Garden

  • Weeding the Garden: ppt | pdf
  • Impact Implementation Chart: ppt | pdf
  • Implementation Audit Protocol: ppt | pdf
  • Implementation Audit Template: docx | pdf
  • Weeding the Garden: wmv | mp4

OIP Contact Form

Contact the State Support Team