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Ohio 5-Step Process

This Foundational Concept can be found in the following module pages:

OLAC's resources - including modules, videos, webinars, and more - are being updated to reflect the refinements made to the OIP.

The Ohio 5-Step Process can be characterized as a protocol for anchoring the work of learning teams (e.g., teacher-based teams, building leadership teams) that use the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP) to collaborate in planning, implementing, and evaluating the impact of instructional strategies for improving student learning and achievement.

As the foundation for Stage 3 of the OIP, the Ohio 5-Step Process supports teams in using an action research process that allows for team members’ inquiry, and creates a forum for teachers and other educators (e.g., related services providers, principals) to inform each other’s practice and enhance the capacity for effective instruction in each school and across the district.

The five steps of the process, described in more detail below, include:

  1. Collecting and charting relevant data.
  2. Analyzing student work specific to the data.
  3. Establishing shared expectations for making appropriate and effective changes in the classroom.
  4. Implementing changes consistently across all classrooms.
  5. Collecting, charting, and analyzing data by doing a post-assessment.

The 5-Step Process Meeting Agenda and Minutes Template and other resources are available from the Ohio Department of Education to assist district leadership teams (DLTs), building leadership teams (BLTs), and teacher-based teams (TBTs) in using the Ohio 5-Step Process.