This paper argues that educators must recognize the need to treat students holistically through:
• Meeting the academic needs of students regardless of where they are. That is, developing low-achieving students, supporting middle-range students, and challenging high-level students.
• Ensuring progress each year by every student. Growth is not about every student reaching the same level of achievement; it is about every individual student’s advancement and improvement each school year.
• Maximizing opportunities and successes for students in both the shortand long-term. Meeting short-term goals, such as passing the next math test, should not be the ultimate goal. Educators must ensure that students are fully comprehending and applying the material they are learning so that they can build on it from year to year and increase its value. Furthermore, public schools must work toward attaining long-term goals for their students, such as college and career readiness.