Would those in the state who are so quick to criticize the Common Core help me to understand how we handle the question of the state test? What alternatives exist if we decide not to go with one of the two consortia assessments? While the Indiana standards framework adopted in 2010 would be fine to readopt, taking this route would force us to either stick with ISTEP+ or design a new, more rigorous standards-aligned assessment. The former seems hard to imagine in light of the feds' stipulation that all states adopt an assessment framework commensurate with the rigor evidenced in the consortia assessments. ISTEP+ simply wouldn't measure up. The latter seems to hard to fathom in the light of the costs inherent in designing a new state assessment.