We ought to build on this momentum and keep driving forward. Even as the top state for education, we still face significant competition from abroad. A recent analysis of relatively high-income students, called "Wake Up Call for the Middle Class," found that upper-middle income U.S. students rank behind students in 15 other developed countries in science and 24 other developed countries in mathematics. We must also keep in mind that our state has a sizable achievement gap with white, middle- and high-income students outperforming low-income students of color. When we reflect on these ongoing challenges, it is clear that we cannot afford to delay our efforts. We must do all that we can to ensure that all Maryland children are competitive in a 21st century, globalized economy.