Positive interventions include the wraparound services kids need to address out-of-classroom issues, like health and nutrition, that have a direct effect on how well a student does inside the classroom. We are heartened by the tremendous successes of the burgeoning community-schools movement, particularly in communities with large numbers of disadvantaged students.
Ensuring that we help prepare all kids for life, college, and work in our knowledge-based economy will require a collaborative, sustained effort from all stakeholders—from the president and the secretary of education on down to states, school districts, principals, teachers, parents, and community members. And it will take resources.
As we move past No Child Left Behind and toward this law's next iteration, it must reflect the complexity and urgency of educating and supporting all our students in the ever-changing and increasingly demanding world in which they live.