On July 29, 2019, Central 301 was made aware of a third-party data breach that occurred. As a former AIMSweb 1.0 customer, we were notified that this Pearson product, used for assessment purposes for our K-8 students and a limited number of students in grades 9-12, was affected by a data security incident. The student data affected is limited to the students’ first and last name. The staff data affected may include first and last name and work email address.
In mid-March of 2019, Pearson became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to a set of data related to AIMSweb 1.0. They immediately launched a review, which included outside cybersecurity experts, to determine the nature and extent of any data potentially affected. At this time a specific date range for this breach is not known. Pearson is also working with law enforcement.
No grade or assessment information was affected in this incident, and the AIMSweb platform does not contain Social Security numbers, credit card data, or other financial information. As a result of the incident, Pearson is undergoing a review to determine additional steps they need to take to further enhance the safety and security of personal information to help prevent recurrences.
Central 301’s contract with AIMSweb ended July 31, 2019, and the district has no plans to use this product in the future. If Central 301 receives an update regarding this security breach, we will communicate with you as quickly as possible.
If you have additional questions or wish to explore the option of complementary credit monitoring for your student, you can contact Pearson at 866-883-3309.