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Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) for Gifted Education


Annual Plan Definition

Exceptional Children's Educational Act (ECEA) Rules defines the UIP as the "Annual Plan"

12.02(1) Administrative units shall submit to the Department an annual plan that is a gifted education UIP addendum. In multi-district AUs or BOCES, member districts submit the UIP addendum. Multidistrict AUs and BOCES submit a summary for improving gifted student performance that includes annual assurances and a proposed budget for the forthcoming fiscal year. The annual plan shall be integrated with a district's accountability UIP timelines, or no later than April15. The UIP gifted education addendum, as the annual plan, shall include an action plan to meet designated targets. An AU shall submit an annual plan before receiving AU gifted education funds. Exception to this annual plan is for small rural districts that function on a bi-annual unified improvement plan submission. (C.R.S.22-11-303(4)(b))

Note:  ECEA Rules were last authorized in 2014.  Since that time, CDE implemented a biennial UIP submission for most districts.  The ECEA term for "Annual Plan" coincides with a district's UIP submission. 


The purpose of the Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) is to align efforts and targets to improve gifted student achievement and growth. It fulfills the obligations for accountability as defined within the Exceptional Children Education Act (ECEA) for the Gifted Education Annual Plan

Previously, a district could choose to complete the UIP Gifted Education Addendum or embed the accountability requirements for gifted education within the district UIP.  Beginning with the 2018-2019 UIP submission, a UIP Gifted Education Addendum is no longer an option. The provision for gifted student performance will be completely integrated into the electronic UIP form.  The gifted education accountability requirements shall be included within the district's UIP in one of two ways: 

  1. Analysis of data indicate an improvement area for gifted students is convergent (same) as the needs of the district.   In this case, the district includes gifted students in the applicable performance challenge and target, specifically naming "gifted students" in the statement.  Explicit improvement strategies aligned to gifted students are included at either the Major Improvement Strategy level or within the district's Action Steps.
  2. Analysis of data indicate an improvement area for gifted student is divergent (different) from the needs of the district.  In this case, the district will be directed to complete each of the four required sections specifically addressing gifted students.

The decision between method one or two will customize directions for each of the 4 UIP areas for gifted students.

To fulfill accountability requirements, a district addresses gifted student in four (4) areas of the UIP:

  1. Record reflections on progress toward previous year's targets.
  2. Include a data narrative to reveal strengths and/or gaps in achievement and or growth on state and/or district assessments to determine the priority challenge.  Note:  This is where the district will make evident if the performance data for gifted students is convergent or divergent. 
  3. Identify how the district will support gifted students at either the Major Improvement Strategy level or through identified Action Steps that explicitly support gifted students.
  4. Establish a target for the appropriate group of students, including the metric, content and level as appropriate.  Define the measures that will be used to check on progress over the course of the year.

In multiple-district AUs or in BOCES, member districts submit the UIP (not the AU Gifted Coordinator/Director in the BOCES or multiple-district AU).  AU Gifted Coordinators/Directors responsible for multiple districts may collaborate with districts to develop a common performance challenge, target and action plan.  This plan is shared with member districts who then include the information within their district UIP.    

If the district’s UIP provides a data analysis that references data for a small number of students, it may be possible to identify individual students.  To avoid Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) concerns, CDE uses the following guidelines for public reporting of student data: achievement data may be shared when n-size is 16 students or more for achievement results and when n-size is 20 students or more for growth results.  Numbers can be aggregated for three years or to the AU level for the purpose of data analysis and reporting. 

UIP and the Monitoring Process

During the Colorado Gifted Education Review (CGER) process, the monitoring team will access the current UIP available on CDE's Schoolview.  For a multi-district AU or BOCES, the team will access the UIP for each member district.  Having a current UIP that includes the accountability requirements listed above is a key requirement of ECEA Rules.  An AU may not meet condition of law for the Evaluation and Accountability element if a UIP does not include gifted students. 

Additionally, to be able to apply for the Qualified Personnel and Universal Screening Grant in 2020, a UIP that includes gifted students shall be completed and submitted to CDE for the 2019 or 2020 school year.  An AU will not be eligible to apply for grant funds if the current UIP does not meet conditions of law for accountability of gifted students.   

Gifted UIP Resources

Note: If you are not able to access the resources or need additional support, please contact the Office of Gifted Education Gifted Program Administrator.