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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Google "Smarter Balanced Assessment" and See What you Get.

Is this a crystal ball moment?  Looking into the crystal ball today about noon and googling the above search term, this is what I got:

NOTICE: This domain name expired on 04/19/2013 and is pending renewal or deletion.


Why is the smarterbalanced.org domain expired?  Is it:
  • disappearing like a bad relationship
  • being absorbed into a public/private partnership that will henceforth be known as a different name (akin to CCSS being renamed Missouri Learning Standards?)
  • taking itself off the internet now that folks know about the standards and their unresearched/non-documented claims
  • not paying attention to details such as renewing a website...which makes one wonder what will happen to student personal data sent to SBAC per MOUs signed by the states



It's back on line.  It must be the 4th bullet point.  This could be worrisome.

1 comment:

  1. thanks for blogging this since I didn't :) I so wish I had screen-shot some of it yesterday. I saw it at lunch yesterday and quickly browsed it. Had I known it would disappear...
    And yes I agree, if they forgot to renew their site....and we trust them with student data?
    If they purposely deleted it I REALLY want to know why.


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