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Unified Improvement Planning
Unified Improvement Planning was introduced in 2009 to streamline improvement planning components of state and federal accountability requirements. Based on the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (SB212-08), the primary purpose of improvement planning is to align efforts to: Ensure all students exit the K-12 education system ready for post-secondary education, and/or to be successful in the workforce, earning a living wage immediately upon graduation.
Colorado schools and districts can improve student learning and system effectiveness by engaging in a cycle of continuous improvement to manage their performance. To support this purpose, the Education Accountability Act of 2009 requires each Colorado district and school to create an annual improvement plan.
The intent is that schools and districts create a single plan that has true meaning for stakeholders, ultimately reducing the total number of separate plans required. With that in mind, the Colorado Department of Education has developed a unified improvement planning template and processes to support schools and districts in their performance management efforts.
The UIP template has been designed to meet state, federal, and program accountability requirements.
- New (09/13/2021) Baseline Growth Overview and State Results 2021 (PDF)
- New (08/23/2021) Accountability Communications (PDF)
- New (08/02/2021) Accountability Communications (PDF)
- Updated (08/20/2021) Data Analysis for Small Student Populations This guidance focuses on how to include analysis of data with small populations of students in the UIP. This resources is appropriate for all users that need to report on small student groups, either due to size of the school/district or disaggregated data analysis.
- New (08/20/2021) - The Guidance for Combined Plans resource outlines requirements and instructions for submitting combined improvement plans for districts serving fewer than 1200 students.
- Updated (08/11/2021)- The 2021-22 UIP Handbook has been updated to reflect adjustments to the online system and unique guidance for the 2021-22 school year.
- New (08/05/2021)- 2021-22 Planning Considerations guidance is now available to support improvement planning in this year's unique context.
- Updated (06/09/2021) - The 2021-22 UIP Changes Document outlines additions and modifications to the UIP for the 2021-22 school year.
- New (05/05/2021) - Communications: 2021-22 Accountability Contact Update
- New (04/14/2021) - Communications: 2021-22 Accountability Contact Update
- Updated (05/04/2021) - The UIP Submission Deadlines and Biennial Flexibility Spreadsheet lists the next UIP submission deadline for every school and district as well as biennial submission eligibility for the 2021-22 school year.
In Colorado's accountability system, district and schools are assigned ratings or plan types. There are different requirements for submission and plan content based on the plan type that can be found in the UIP Guidance documents. The Code of Colorado Regulations for the administration of statewide accountability is also available and provides the official accountability and accreditation rules as passed by the State Board of Education.
The UIP, the UIP handbook, and this website are designed around the four components of improvement planning (in the table below). Tools and resources are included to provide greater detail and recommendations for leading the planning process, help schools and districts understand UIP requirements, and support facilitation of the continuous improvement cycle.
The diagram depicted here illustrates the theory of action behind Colorado's approach to improvement planning. By engaging in a continuous improvement cycle to manage performance, districts and schools will improve their effectiveness and the outcomes for students.
- Focus attention on the right things (performance indicators);
- Evaluate performance by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data about performance;
- Plan improvement strategies based on performance data, root cause analysis, and evidence-based strategies
- Implement planned improvement strategies.
Interactive UIP Process Map
This UIP process map contains interactive links to resources available to support each step of the unified improvement planning process. By clicking on a step in the map, you will be directed to the support page for that step in the process. You may also use the links on the left-hand navigation bar to access these resources. Click on either "Unified Improvement Planning" at the top at the process map, or "Unified Improvement Planning" on the left-hand navigation to return to the UIP homepage.
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