While the final bill is not perfect, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a prime example of how strong bipartisan efforts can lead to improved outcomes for children. Under No Child Left Behind, students and teachers were left with constant instability as a result of waivers granted by the Department of Education. The ESSA will put an end to this patchwork approach and allow states to develop their own accountability measures and interventions to ensure every student is thriving in the classroom.