Improving standards, strengthening the curriculum, bolstering teacher quality, helping students succeed and making test policies fair are vital steps toward the goal policymakers and the public share: all students meeting high standards. When that goal is reached, everybody wins. States will have a population well prepared for citizenship and the workplace. Schools will have achieved in their basic mission: educating all students to high levels. And above all, students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. This policy brief provides more insight.