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In the global sense, EdTrust President Kati Haycock has it right. Mixing both optimism and concern, Haycock concludes, “It’s clear from the data at both grade levels that we still have a long way to go to effectively prepare all of our elementary and middle school students for the world that awaits them in high school and beyond.” Yes, we have miles to go before we sleep, and we cannot be content with where the latest numbers leave us. We also can’t assume that the common core standards, once they are developed and adopted, will immediately translate into gains in student proficiency. Such standards are goals. The real rub is in the interventions and assessments meant to align with such goals.