The goal is to improve our education system to the point where every student meets minimum grade-level expectations in core academic subjects, or at-least that every student achieves one year of growth for one year of instruction. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 raised the bar. Prior to NCLB it was deemed acceptable that some students fail to meet minimum competency standards. Reauthorization of the act may change the ground rules but it will not abandon the every child goal.
Approaching the goal is going to require more than what has traditionally called "reform". Reform has been a misnomer as these change initiatives typically work within the existing culture and organizational structure. Learning organizations need proven methodologies to manage change, to refocus effort and structure on the new goal.
Here is a video reenactment of the presentation that David Lineberry and I made at the National School Boards Association conference this year on the subject:
Video: April 5, 2009 EASE Presentation at the National School Boards Association Conference