New Tech Network believes that deeper learning and college readiness for students are what matter most. NTN defines deeper learning as the ability to master core academic content, think critically, solve complex problems, work collaboratively, communicate effectively, and learn how to be self-directed learners. Student success in these areas cannot be gauged by traditional measures such as standardized state assessments alone. Rather, NTN’s focus on increasing students’ deeper learning, and in turn their readiness for college, requires utilizing assessments that are calibrated to college-ready standards and embedded in the daily work of students. Student ability to think critically is better measured through learning grounded in real-world scenarios and embedded in on-going work. Ultimately, student achievement is assessed through outcomes that matter most: success in post-secondary options.