School Improvement

School Improvement - Ohio Improvement Process (OIP)


Ohio is committed to the implementation of a unified state system of support directly focused on improving the academic achievement of all students and student groups. The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) is Ohio's strategy for ensuring a systematic and coherent approach for building the capacity of all districts and schools in meaningful and real ways that allow districts to improve instructional practice on a district-wide basis, and make and sustain significant improvement in student performance against grade-level benchmarks aligned with academic content standards for all students across the district.

The OIP offers a structured process for enacting the essential practices, outlined in the Ohio Leadership Development Framework, by giving districts time to review their data and make more informed decisions, requiring a District Leadership Team (DLT), Building Leadership Teams (BLTs), and Teacher Based Teams (TBTs) to participate in the process of improvement, and offering a more time effective and efficient process for districts in completing a comprehensive needs assessment as part of their Comprehensive Continuous Improvement Plan (CCIP).

Ohio's state system of support, including State Support Teams (SSTs) and Educational Service Centers (ESCs), assist districts in the implementation of the OIP and on the use of a connected set of tools to improve instructional practice and student performance. SST8 provides support for the districts' development and implementation of the OIP through high-quality professional development, process coaching, and collaboration with district/building teams. To provide support to our districts, SST8 has developed one-hour professional development opportunities to assist teams in the area of instructional strategies. This year, we will host a series of OIP Network meetings to assist district, building, and teacher leaders in learning more about the process. To learn more about the updates to the Ohio Improvement Process, click here. 

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, asks Ohio to clearly articulate its plans for using federal funds to ensure accountability for all students, create safe and supportive learning environments, encourage innovation and extended learning opportunities, and more.

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council

Ohio Leadership Advisory Council This site, developed by the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC), offers wealth of school improvement/OIP resources, including self-assessments, training modules, a video library, and documents/tools for implementing research-based practices. OLAC online modules can be found at

OLI-4 (Ohio Leadership for Inclusion, Implementation and Instructional Improvement)

The Ohio Leadership for Inclusion, Implementation, & Instructional Improvement (OLI-4) will be developed in collaboration with Ohio school districts that agree to serve as partners in the design and use of targeted professional development (PD) including coaching to foster shared leadership for the full implementation of inclusive instructional practices that improve results for all children, including those who have disabilities and other learning difficulties.

The project will provide targeted PD, including technical assistance (TA) and coaching, to (1) build the capacity of school principals to improve results for all students, including students receiving special education services and students with learning difficulties, as part of district and school-wide improvement; (2) build principal knowledge and skill in the use of distributed or shared leadership models, including the facilitation of building leadership teams (BLTs) and teacher-based teams (TBTs) aligned with the Ohio 5-Step Process; (3) identify and support the consistent implementation of specific targeted practices that improve student access to and progress in inclusive educational environments; and (4) collect comprehensive and ongoing needs assessment data and data on the level of inclusive practice and its effects on student outcomes over time.

Resources to Support Ohio Improvement Process

OIP Resources (updated 8.14.18)

Ohio Report Cards


ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)

Moving Your Numbers


2018-2019 Professional Development Opportunities


For more information, please contact:

Janelle Schuler
Schuler, Janelle
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511269
Denise Ward
Ward, Denise
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511311
Debbie Theirl
Theirl, Debbie
SST8/ESC Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511231
Heidi Kerchenski
Kerchenski, Heidi
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511284
Christine Ferrell
Ferrell, Christine
Educational Consultant
Office: 330-929-6634 x 511240
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