As more than half the states in the country begin to agree on what makes a high school graduate ready for college or a career, Tennessee Tech University's Holly Anthony is playing a major role in how that group is putting student assessment to the test. For the first time, a consortium of 26 states is working toward the development of common assessments for K-12 students. Tennessee, one of 11 governing states in the group, recently chose a four-member team to represent the voice of higher education in Tennessee and to engage in discussions about this next-generation assessment system. Anthony, TTU associate professor of mathematics education, was chosen as the mathematics faculty member. She says the development of common K–12 assessments across the states is a breakthrough in measuring and comparing education outcomes across the nation.