Thirty years ago, educators and policymakers were focused on upgrading curriculum as a major reform. With the advent of the new century, accountability—in terms of teacher qualifications and student achievement--is the major concern. Policymakers are focused on outcomes; state administration of standardized tests of individual student performance has been written into federal law. Teachers must be well qualified to help students achieve at acceptable levels. For more information about the field of teaching, visit NCATE’s web resource site for future teachers.