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UIP Major Improvement Strategy Guides

Pause on 2020-21 and 2021-22 State Accountability System Due to COVID-19

A second year of Accountability Pause (2021-2022) has been authorized by the Colorado legislature. The state's accountability system has been paused for 2020-21 and 2021-22. More details on the implications of a pause in accountability are available in the links below.


What is a Major Improvement Strategy Guide?

CDE has created a number of strategy guides to help schools and districts better understand what research says about strategies that are commonly used in the UIP. We have organized these strategy guides based on the 4 Domains of Rapid School Improvement (see Figure 1) These guides can be used for strategy selection or to determine areas of focus and action plans. More will be added as they are created.

When selecting Major Improvement Strategies, CDE recommends that schools and districts consider a range of factors.

The goal of these considerations is to identify strategies that:

  • meet identified needs

  • have a high level of evidence supporting their implementation

  • can be implemented effectively within the context of the school and district.


An intervention may be listed as a strategy or a strategy may encompass multiple interventions within it.

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