Every child has a unique set of talents and skills, but they cannot develop these without the support of good teachers, rigorous schools, innovation in the classroom, and involved parents and community mentors. Education is the great equalizer. We must hold our schools accountable for the success of our students and that includes measuring their success from one year to the next. Emphasis on early reading and math literacy should also play a critical role, as well as the expansion of school choice to best serve every child in our education system. Every parent has a right to know whether their child’s school is making the grade by fostering knowledge and growth. By increasing educational opportunities, we can empower families to build a better life for their children and the future of Texas.