Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observation (PLATO)

The Protocol for Language Arts Teaching Observations (PLATO) is a classroom observation protocol designed to evaluate thirteen elements of English Language Arts (ELA) instruction. It was originally developed for a study of the relationship between teachers' classroom practices and their impact on student achievement. It is currently being used as a professional development tool to support teachers' use of rigorous, research-based teaching practices. PLATO is designed to work across a variety of curricula and instructional approaches.

Content

Category
Sub-Category
Domains
Classroom Instruction
Grades
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade
Languages
English
Respondent
Observer

Administration Information

Length
12 elements that are scored in 15-minute segments. Length of scoring is 8 minutes in live observations. Videos may be paused in video-based scoring. A minimum of 4 visits per teacher (with the first and last visit occuring a week apart) is recommended in

Access and Use

Price

Online training pricing is $650 per person; some bulk discounts available. Contact CSET for additional information.

Open Access
No
Use in Research

Alston, C., & Brown, M. (2015). Differences in intellectual challenge of writing tasks among higher and lower value-added English Language Arts teachers. Teachers College Record117(5), 1-24. https://www.tcrecord.org/Content.asp?ContentId=17892

Grossman, P., Cohen, J., Ronfeldt, M., & Brown, L. (2014). The test matters: The relationship between classroom observation scores and teacher value added on multiple types of assessment. Educational Researcher43(6), 293-303. https://doi.org/10.3102/0013189X14544542

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring