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Strategic Plan


A Message From The Board of Directors:

Why we need a strategic plan

The Tacoma School District 2015-2020 Strategic Plan is the result of our belief that all students achieve their full potential by participation in an educational experience that is relevant, challenging and individualized, an experience that shares such common values as equity, cultural understanding, accountability and leadership and was designed based on the overarching goals of achievement, innovation, instruction, collaboration, early learning, and safety for all students in all schools.

Through this Strategic Plan the Tacoma School District will gain:

  • A roadmap that drives district initiatives
  • Educational programs and philosophy rooted in the district’s core values
  • A laser-like focus on students meeting/exceeding academic standards
  • System accountability for meeting the academic needs of all students
  • Parent and community partnerships to meet the social, emotional and academic needs of children
  • Annual budgets that reflect the district’s prioritized goals and objectives


Our Core Va​​lues:

What we believe
  • Students first
  • Results matter
  • Flexible continuous improvement
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Effective leadership
  • Parent/community partnership
  • Cultural understanding
  • Equity
  • Quality instruction for everyone
  • Rigor and relevance
  • Accountability
  • Transparency

Our​ Vision:

What we want to be

We will be an outstanding school district in which all
students exhibit high standards of achievement and critical thinking skills, and are socially responsible, contributing members of their community.

Our ​Mission:

What we do

In partnership with parents and community, we will provide a comprehensive educational experience that is rigorous, individualized and enables students to contribute to a changing and diverse world.


Goal 1: Academic Excellence

All students will perform at or above grade level and we will eliminate group disparities.
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Goal 2: Partnership

We will fully engage our parents, community and staff in the education of our children.
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Goal 3: Early Learning

We will focus on early assessment and intervention at the Pre-K - 3rd grade levels to ensure early academic success.
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Goal 4: Safety

All schools will create and maintain safe learning environments that promote excellent academic achievement.
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Download Measuring the Whole Chil​d: Accountability in Tacoma Public Schools