What Really Happens in The Classroom? – The Instructional Practices Inventory

What Really Happens in The Classroom? – The Instructional Practices Inventory

Recently, Performance Learning Consultants conducted training to administrators, elementary and secondary teachers to assess the kinds of student engagement in classrooms in the Stark County, IL School District 100.   Student engagement is key in gaining trust on the part of students in their education.  The engaged student is less of a discipline problem and typically performs better on all types of assessments.  


Our consultants offer a system support training which is focused on professional development in the Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI).  The IPI measures student engagement in the classroom by way of a walk-through observation system. Our IPI training is designed to develop skills to accurately identify and record instructional practices using the IPI observer rating categories.


Designed by Painter and Valentine in 1995-96 and revised in 2002 and 2007 and 2014, the Instructional Practices Inventory (IPI) is a data collection profile system designed to establish processes for accurately measuring the nature of instructional practices across an entire school. Such information, when gathered according to the IPI protocols, provides a valid picture of instruction in a school or school system.

Researchers can also use the IPI data collection process to analyze the relationships between instructional practices as measured by the IPI categories and other school variables.

“The value of IPI’s rest in the capacity of the staff to reflect upon their collective and individual teaching practices and raise the bar of expectations consistently higher toward more active engaged student learning.”  Dr. Jerry Valentine Professional Collaboration – Dec. 2015