Inside the Classroom

Classroom Observation and Analytic Protocol

Horizon Research, Inc.

This instrument was developed to measure the quality of an observed K-12 science or mathematics classroom lesson by examining the design, implementation, mathematics/science content, and culture of that lesson. The items it contains are based on standards of quality mathematics and science instruction as outlined in the National Science Education Standards and NCTM Standards. The second half of the protocol allows researchers to rate various influences that shaped the selection of lesson content and pedagogy, as inferred from a post-observation interview with the teacher.

Notes on use: The protocol is intended to reflect the current standards for exemplary practice, but not to prescribe particular instructional strategies. The instrument is designed to be used in conjunction with the Inside the Classroom Teacher Interview Protocol.

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Copyright and Usage: While Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI) holds a copyright on all instruments associated with Inside the Classroom, HRI grants permission for unlimited use of the instruments, whether in whole or part, for non-commercial purposes. HRI requires that if the instruments are used, they be attributed to Horizon Research, Inc.