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Pearson Data Security Incident

School districts across the country, including SSD, were notified late last week by an outside vendor, Pearson Clinical Assessment, of a data security incident, in which student data was potentially disclosed to an unauthorized third party.

SSD has used Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 assessment platform with many students who attend partner district schools and who receive or have received services from the District. SSD stopped using AIMSweb in June 2018. Pearson was supposed to have purged the student data from its system at that time, but apparently did not.

Pearson reports that the student data affected is limited to directory information, as defined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), including first and last name, and in some instances, date of birth. Pearson also states that no grade or assessment information was affected, and that its platform does not contain any Social Security numbers, credit card data, or any other financial information.

After learning about the incident, we asked Pearson to provide us with a database of those students who received an AIMSweb assessment from SSD and who could have been affected by the data security incident. Although Pearson said it found no instances of student data being used or disseminated, as a precautionary measure, the District will be notifying the parents/guardians of all the students in the database.

The District believes that data privacy is of paramount importance and we hold vendors that do business with the District to high standards, especially when it comes to keeping personal information safe and secure. We will continue to closely monitor this situation, and will provide updates as we learn any additional information.

Posted Aug. 7, 2019

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