Evaluating the Ohio Improvement Process
Project Team: 
Sunny L. Munn, PhD (The Ohio State University)
Stéphane Lavertu, PhD (The Ohio State University)
Jill Lindsey, PhD (Wright State University)
Deven Carlson, PhD (University of Oklahoma)
Key Words: 
School improvement
Student Achievement
Professional Development

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) contracted the Ohio Education Research Center (OERC) to evaluate the impact of school turnaround interventions. The evaluation will inform ODE’s approach to meeting the needs of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, which requires Ohio to identify and improve its lowest performing schools. Through this research, ODE seeks to understand the impact of recent school turnaround efforts— specifically, the impacts of school improvement initiatives, the Ohio Improvement Process (OIP), School Improvement Grants (SIG) and “Priority School” identification, on student achievement and the actions taken by schools during those programs.

The OERC took a bifurcated approach to meeting ODE’s research needs. First, researchers completed a quantitative analysis of school performance data to discover the impact of school turnaround initiatives, including the competitive SIG program and “Priority School” identification (Ohio schools ranking in the lowest 5 percent in student academic performance, all of which had to implement a turnaround initiative), on student achievement. Following the quantitative analysis, OERC completed a qualitative review (utilizing interview data) of the evidence-based factors that contributed to the successes or challenges with the Ohio Improvement Process.


Questions regarding this project should be directed to Erin Joyce at:

Erin Joyce

Associate Director

Ohio Education Research Center