Strategic Plan: One student at a time PDF Print E-mail

"Our core purpose is to nurture the potential in each student so that she or he is well equipped for a world of infinite possibilities."

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 2013-14 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. 



Check back throughout the 2014-15 school year and beyond to see how we are making progress on the strategic plan's benchmarks and goals. 


Superintendent Coogan brought together hundreds of stakeholders—including students, parents, employees, and civic, business, service, faith-based, and community leaders—in fall 2013 to brainstorm goals and outline a foundation for the strategic plan. Throughout the winter, educational experts refined that foundation by adding more specific academic targets and practices. In spring 2014, all staff and community members were invited to "listening sessions," in which they talked directly to the superintendent about their own priorities for students. An online survey was also available for all stakeholders. Out of a broad consensus of those voices, the final strategic plan and accompanying instructional focus emerged in June 2014. 

Looking ahead, the Tukwila School District will continue to work with a professional facilitator in the 2014-15 school year to fully implement the strategic plan; that includes regular progress reports to the school board and community as well as a transparent budget process that aligns resources with the strategic-plan defined work. 


How can I give input or learn more?

This is the most important work of the district, and Superintendent Coogan wants to hear from YOU! Call or email any time. Better yet: She is available and eager to meet with groups throughout the community who would like to have a conversation about the strategic plan. She will come to wherever is most convenient for you. 

  • Telephone: 206-901-8006
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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

2017 benchmarks

  • 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