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Unified Improvement Planning - General Resources

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.


New UIP Guidance and Requirements

UIP Changes Document 2021-2022

This document outlines additions and modifications to the Unified Improvement Plan for the 2021-22 school year.

Quick Reference Planning Guidance 2020-2021

This guidance includes flexibility and suggestions for improvement planning during the accountability pause, including identifying priority performance challenges; target setting; action planning and more. Detailed, comprehensive guidance will be released within the coming weeks. View this planning guidance.


Unified Improvement Planning Guidance Documents

UIP Guidance

Quality Criteria/Rubric


The Quality Criteria have been created to offer guidance on creating improvement plans that incorporate state and federal accountability requirements. The QC Rubric is used by CDE to evaluate Unified Improvement Plans.

  District School
Quality Criteria

(Updated: 08/21/2020)

 (Updated: 08/17/20)

QC Rubric for Review

(Updated: 10/12/20)

 (Updated: 10/12/20)


Flexibility for UIP Completion and Submission

  • New (03/18/2021) - 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.
  • Biennial Flexibility for the UIP (PDF) (Updated October 2018) Provides guidance on the eligibility criteria for the submission of the UIP on a biennial basis.
  • UIP Process for Small Systems (PDF) (Coming Soon!) 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.



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

For More Information

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