A recent communication from software vendor Pearson and Pearson Clinical Assessments notified 13,000 school and university clients of a data breach involving student and staff information. The nationwide breach affected some accounts containing student information at those institutions. The data breach affected the Aimsweb 1.0 assessment platform formerly used in the Kutztown Area School District.
This week we were notified that only 128 former students were subject to the breach. Upon notification from Pearson, our technology department immediately began an investigation. According to Pearson, findings suggest that no sensitive data was compromised. Exposed data was limited to first and last names only. No birth date information nor assessment data was compromised and the Aimsweb 1.0 platform does not contain Social Security numbers, credit card data, or other financial information.
All families affected by the breach are being notified by mail and informed that Pearson is offering complimentary credit monitoring services from Experian for affected individuals.
Pearson has taken action to secure the Aimsweb 1.0 platform and determined that no other Pearson systems were affected. Pearson is also working with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts and believes the breach to have occurred on or around November 2018.
Our district works to ensure the highest levels of protection and privacy of all student data in our possession and that vendors with whom we work are compliant with local, state, and federal regulations.