Thinking of the Common Core as a starting point

Education Week: “Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core”
Education Week Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2013/07/harvard_education_letter_volum.html

Here's an interesting post from Catherine Gewertz of Ed Week about what she sees as a possible shifting in the rhetoric around the Common Core.

By thinking of the Common Core assessments coming in 2015 as a starting line rather than an end point, doesn't that make the Common Core feel a little more hopeful and a little less doomsday?