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One of the talking points at last night’s Common Core meeting was about online data and how information about students will be stored.

Scott Martzloff -- the former Superintendent of the Byron-Bergen school district, now the superintendent for Williamsville Central -- says what happens to the information collected on the tests concerns him.

“What happens to the data in the future?” he asked. “Does it become part of some national tracking database? Or could it be sold some day to another company or to advertisers? Could the data be held against a student later in life when applying to college or even a job?”

The state Assembly is holding a hearing today over the program to create an online portal that will store student scores and data.

Education Commissioner John King has said many affluent school districts already have similar portals. Reports indicate dozens of school districts have already opted out, forfeiting grant money. King says people have misconceptions about the company responsible with the data and that information would not be sold.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has called for tougher teacher standards and improved accountability in schools but says he doesn’t have control over this system. He says if there needs to be reform, it needs to come from the legislature.

The state legislators who organized last night’s panel will hold another session in Rochester today.

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