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Prospect Heights School District 23 News Article

AIMSweb Data Security Breach Announcement

On July 19, 2019, Prospect Heights School District 23 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, was affected by a data security incident. The student data affected is limited to the students’ first and last name, and in some instances, date of birth and school email address. The staff data affected may include first and last name, job title, work email and work email address.  While Pearson does not have any evidence that this information has been misused, they are bringing this to our attention as a precaution.

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.

Prospect Heights School District 23 contract with AIMSweb ended July 31, 2018, and the district has no plans to use this product in the future. If Prospect Heights School District 23 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 complimentary credit monitoring for your student, you can contact Pearson at 866-883-3309 or email [email protected].

Pearson Notification of Breach

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