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Unified Improvement Planning - Resources

Unified Improvement Planning Guidance Documents

UIP and Other Related Fact Sheets

Guidance Documents

  • 2017 Accountability Handbook (PDF) (Updated: 2017)
    The purpose of this handbook is to provide an outline of the requirements and responsibilities for state, district and school stakeholders in the state’s accountability process.
  • UIP Process for New Schools (PDF) (Updated: January, 2018)
    The intent of this guidance is to help new schools "plan forward" for their improvement efforts - even with limited data.
  • UIP Process for Small Systems (PDF) (Updated: September, 2014)
    The intent of this guidance is to provide guidelines for creating and updating Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs) that take into account some of the unique circumstances that schools and districts with smaller student populations (e.g., districts with less than 1,200 students, small schools in large districts) may encounter.
  • Guidance for using School and District Performance Frameworks in Educator Evaluation (PDF) (Updated: August 19, 2014)
    In response to many questions about the use of School and District Performance Frameworks in educator evaluation, CDE has put together guidance to support districts by identifying several possible approaches for using SPF/DPF data in evaluations. This guidance is intended to highlight some of the benefits and concerns associated with some common approaches. Because this guidance was not available to support districts for the 2013-14 school year, districts are encouraged to use this as they plan for future school years.

Quality Criteria

Unified Improvement Plan Examples

  • CDE Identified UIP Examples (Link to a listing of PDF example plans) (Updated: December 11, 2013)
    Actual school and district UIPs identified by CDE staff as plans that may be helpful examples to districts/schools. These plans have been annotated with CDE review comments.
    • These plans are not exemplars; they are examples of plans that have solid or strong sections that meet elements of the UIP Quality Criteria.
    • Note that plans are listed from the 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years.

Assessment Instrument Descriptions

  • Interim and Early Literacy Assessment Descriptions
    Assessment descriptions for the most common interim assessments used across Colorado and early literacy assessments. Descriptions provide information including content area, learning objectives, metrics, and comparison points.

School and District Dashboard (DISH)

The School Dashboard and District Dashboard are visualization tools that graph out currently available district an school data over time, such as demographics, achievement, growth and performance framework data. Please note that because these are publicly accessible tools, data is only reported when there are sufficient numbers of students (i.e., 16 students or more for demographic and achievement data, 20 students or more for growth data).


  • Archived Resources
    Resources from previous planning years that are no longer considered "current."

For More Information

Please contact Lisa Medler, or 303-866-6993.

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