Landmark legislation has passed Congress this week! While there is still much work to do in order to shift public education away from such a heavy reliance on high stakes tests and accountability that rarely allows for differentiation and the unique value of each child, it is a step in the right direction. We can finally say goodbye to NCLB and some of the damage it has caused public education. It’s still imperative that educational leaders, advocacy groups, and parents alike stay active and let their state and federal representatives know what they are thinking about our current accountability system and the use of high stakes tests to determine student success. ESEA will give states much more power and control over what they do but many states still have systems and structures in place that are not kid friendly.