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Unified Improvement Planning Guidance Resources

UIP and Other Related Fact Sheets

District Dashboard (DISH)

The DISH is a visualization tool that graphs out currently available district 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).

Guidance Documents

2014-15 UIP Handbook 
    (PDF) (Updated:  September 8, 2014)
Supplemental Guidance Documents
 
(PDF) (Updated: October, 2013)
  • The intent of this guidance is to help new schools "plan forward" for their improvement efforts - even with limited data.

(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 Document on the Implications for the State Assessment Transition for the UIP Process

(PDF) (Updated: July 27, 2014) 

  • With the upcoming state assessment transition, schools and districts will likely need to make some adjustments in their improvement planning practices.  In 2014-15, schools and districts will need to approach setting some targets that depend on state assessment data differently.  This guidance walks through a process that validates what can stay the same and lays out options for the affected areas.  
    • 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

2014 Updates to the UIP Quality Criteria

     (PDF) (Updated: September 16, 2014)

UIP Quality Criteria - District Level

    (PDF) (Updated: August 29, 2014)
    • The quality criteria have been created to offer guidance on creating improvement plans that incorporate state and federal accountability requirements.
    • For districts that wish to format the quality criteria for their own training or review purposes, a Word version of this document is available: UIP DQC Word Version

UIP Quality Criteria - School Level

    (PDF) (Updated: August 29, 2014)
    • The quality criteria have been created to offer guidance on creating improvement plans that incorporate state and federal accountability requirements.
    • For schools that wish to format the quality criteria for their own training or review purposes, a Word version of this document is available: UIP SQC Word Version

UIP Tutorial

2013 Online UIP Tutorial
    (Updated: October 29, 2013)
    • Take the 2013 Online Tutorial to learn more about the Unified Improvement Planning Process. The tutorial provides an overview of unified improvement planning as well as a walk-through of each planning step of the process.
      • The link will open the tutorial within your current browser window.

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.

Archives

Archived Resources

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

For More Information

Please contact Lisa Medler, medler_l@cde.state.co.us or 303-866-6993.

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