Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP)

The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) is an observational instrument that can be used to assess the degree to which mathematics or science instruction in grades K-12 is “reformed”. Trained observers rate teachers' instruction across three domains: Lesson Design and Implementation; Content; Classroom Culture. Possible scores range from 0 to 100 points, with higher scores reflecting a greater degree of use of reform-based instructional practices.

Content

Category
Sub-Category
Domains
Classroom Instruction
Grades
Kindergarten,
1st Grade,
2nd Grade,
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade,
6th Grade,
7th Grade,
8th Grade,
9th Grade,
10th Grade,
11th Grade,
12th Grade,
Post secondary
Languages
English
Respondent
Observer

Administration Information

Length
There are 25 items on the instrument across three domains (Lesson Design and Implementation; Content; Classroom Culture).

Access and Use

Contact

Eugene Judson, Eugene.Judson@asu.edu

Open Access
Yes
Use in Research

Kilday, C. R., & Kinzie, M. B. (2009). An analysis of instruments that measure the quality of mathematics teaching in early childhood. Early Childhood Education Journal36(4), 365-372. https://www.doi.org/10.1007/s10643-008-0286-8

Mantzicopoulos, P., Patrick, H., Strati, A., & Watson, J. S. (2018). Predicting kindergarteners' achievement and motivation from observational measures of teaching effectiveness. The Journal of Experimental Education86(2), 214-232. https://doi.org/10.1080/00220973.2016.1277338

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Psychometric References

Piburn, M., & Sawada, D. (2000). Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) reference manual: Technical report. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED447205

National Comparison
No