Unified improvement planning was introduced to streamline the improvement planning components of state and federal accountability requirements. Based on Senate Bill 08-212 (SB 08-212), also known as the Colorado Achievement Plan for Kids (CAP4K), the primary purpose of improvement planning is to align efforts to: Ensure all students exit the K-12 education system ready for postsecondary education and/or to be successful in the workforce, earning a living wage immediately upon graduation.
Colorado schools and districts can improve student learning and system effectiveness by engaging in a cycle of continuous improvement to manage their performance. To support this purpose, Senate Bill 09-163 (SB 09-163) Education Accountability Act of 2009 requires that each Colorado district and school create an annual improvement plan.
The Colorado Department of Education has developed a unified improvement plan (UIP) template and processes to support schools and districts in their performance management efforts. The UIP template has been designed to meet state, federal, and program accountability requirements and with the intent that schools and districts create a single plan that has true meaning for stakeholders and ultimately reduces the total number of separate plans required.