Unless I'm misunderstanding things, it sure seems like we are headed down a path that bears a striking resemblance to a policy commensurate with those states that have adopted CCSS and the corresponding consortia assessments. For a multitude of reasons (cost being one), Indiana will most likely not design its own independent state test to align with whatever standards framework it ultimately approves. This is noteworthy in that one of the rationales given for the "timeout" was the lack of any local role in creating the new standards and tests. So, if Indiana is not going to design its own test, what options does it have left? Doesn't it stand to reason that whatever test the state decides to use will, in some fashion or another, be aligned to Common Core? Given this, doesn't it also stand to reason that Indiana will have to adopt a standards framework that, if it's not called "Common Core," will have to look and feel a lot like it?