Thinking of the Common Core as a starting point

Education Week
Refocusing the Rhetoric on Common Core

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?