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Mission & Strategic Direction

Our mission is to create a learning community that supports and empowers students, staff, and families to reach their greatest potential.

Strategic Direction

The Tukwila School District will create a learning community that supports and empowers students, staff, and families to reach their greatest potential.
The Tukwila School District’s strategic plan is a commitment by the entire community to help our children succeed in school and life. Developed with input from hundreds of voices in the 2017-18 school year, the strategic plan outlines a focused set of academic and personal goals for students and the actions we need to take to achieve those goals. The school board holds the superintendent accountable for implementing the strategic plan, and the superintendent makes sure all of the district’s resources, professional development, and programs are aligned with the strategic plan’s goals.

Tukwila School District Strategic Direction

Components of Our Strategic Direction

Shared values

  • Engage families as equal partners in student learning

  • Strengthen community partnerships

  • Foster trust and mutual respect

  • Ensure equitable access and opportunities for all students

Student vital signs

  • Perseverance and passion for learning
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Student voice, self-advocacy, and goal orientation
  • Proficiency in all subjects
  • Closing the achievement gaps
  • Successful transitions from level to level


  • Continuous Academic Growth for Each Student: Each student will make one year’s academic growth each year based on multiple assessments.
  • Accelerated growth for under-performing students:  Each student in our lowest performing student groups (subgroups) will show at least 1.5 years growth each year in literacy/language arts and mathematics based on multiple assessments.
  • Successful Academic Transitions: At least 15 out of 20 students transitioning between levels ( ie. Pre-K to kindergarten, grade 5 to 6, grade 8 to 9, grade 12 and beyond) will meet or exceed standards in all subjects by the end of each grade level.
  • Timely Interventions: Reduce by 30% each year the number of students who trigger early-warning indicators of concern (i.e. attendance discipline, and grades).
  • Personalized learning plan: Each student in Grades 3-12 will monitor an individualized growth plan developed collaboratively with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Tech-savvy, teach-literate: Each student will achieve the state-level technology standards and will graduate as a tech-savvy, tech-literate citizen connected to the real world.

Educational strategies

  • Equitable access to standards aligned instruction
  • Caring and effective teachers, leaders and staff
  • Supportive climate and strong relationships with families and community
  • Results-focused, data-driven continuous improvement

Indicators of progress

  • Student Learning: Articulation of learning goals; high-level dialogue using academic language; growth on assessments
  • Teaching practices: Clear content and language objectives; timely student feedback; data guiding instruction
  • Leadership practices: Professional development aligned to resources; evidence based feedback; team collaboration
  • Organizational practices: Resources aligned to priorities; protective collaborative time; positive, culturally inclusive, home-school engagement