Six years ago, most states set out to collectively implement high, comparable education standards in math and English language arts. Today, nearly every state has set challenging classroom expectations aligned to college and career readiness, and they have begun to measure student performance to those new levels.

Unfortunately, Alaska decided not to adopt these higher standards.

The Every Student Succeeds Act, which was enacted in December 2015 and permanently replaces No Child Left Behind, ensures state and district leaders have full control over standards and accountability systems. The law requires that states set college- and career-ready standards, and most policymakers have used the moment as an opportunity to continue to raise the bar.

Still, it is critical that parents, teachers, community members and policymakers continue to insist on high learning goals. By doing so, they will ensure all children have access to an education that prepares them for success after high school, no matter where they grow up or go to school, and no matter which path in life they choose to pursue.

Click here to see what work Alaska is doing around the Every Student Succeeds Act.