CDE’s Techie Step Backwards

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No StandardsAt the moment I am wondering what the webmaster for  CDE (California Department of Education) must be like.  The words “innovative” and “cutting edge” aren’t coming to mind.

Here is my beef.  I have a nice little bookmark on my Firefox toolbar that once upon a time would  take me right to the 8th grade science standards.  On that same toolbar I have links to the 8th grade math standards and the 8th grade English language arts standards.  This way when I quickly need to look up a standard or find out how I can effectively support my colleagues all of the information I need is just one click away.  These links are so useful that I have them set up on every computer I use.  A presenter gave me this idea at a tech conference, so I know I am not alone.

Tonight as I was completing some grad school homework I found that none of these bookmarks work. They all yield the lovely message you see above.  As I did some digging on the CDE’s site I discovered that they now require to you download the entire PDF for all grade levels for a particular content area.  Once you have that file downloaded you have to navigate to the desired grade level.  What is this?!?!? 1998?!?!?  I want my one click websites back!

On my bookshelf at school I have printed versions of the same PDF files CDE now requires you to download.  These books were given to me by a school two districts ago and I use them so often that the spines still crack when you open them.  I think I will be opening these PDF files just about as often.

I’m hoping the sites just moved.  Then again, I am a pretty good Googl-er and I still haven’t found them.  What I did find though was the CDE online complaint form and one of their subject choices is the website.  I registered my annoyance.  If you find this step backwards as irritating as I do register your complaint as well.  Maybe then someone will restore our links. :-)

Joe

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