State Support Team Region 9 Serving Schools in Holmes, Stark, and Wayne Counties

Stark State Advanced Technology Center ~ 6057 Strip Ave. N.W., North Canton, OH 44720  
Telephone: 330-492-8136  ~  Toll Free: 1-800-733-7732

Ohio Improvement Process

Link to the Ohio Department of Education webpage dealing with the Ohio Improvement Process

Link to OLAC blog by Dr. Michael Tefs, Superintendent of Wooster City Schools

(Click on above image to be taken to the blog page)


OIP Technical Support Meeting Live Binder Link

The Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) as an Organizational Strategy

The OIP includes, but goes well beyond, the traditional plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycle. When viewed as an organizational strategy, rather than an exercise in compliance, the OIP gives districts a template through which focused and intentional action can take place. It brings educators together through collaborative team structures to learn from each other, and it facilitates communication and decision-making between and across levels of the system (district, central office, school, grade levels, content areas, classrooms). The team structures at the core of the OIP form peer-to-peer networks, giving more people a voice and allowing for the inclusion of multiple perspectives in guiding each district’s journey toward organizational learning and continuous improvement.

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) and then Building Leadership Teams (BLTs) 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 support system, including State Support Teams (SSTs) and Educational Service Center (ESC) personnel are being trained in the OIP process and on the use of a connected set of tools so they can assist all districts and schools in the state to improve instructional practice and student performance on a continuing basis.


ODE Link to Ohip Improvement Process Information and Resources
Including Interactive Supporting Implementation Graphic