ILION, NY - Another local school district has been impacted by the recent nationwide data breach involving an online education platform.
According to a letter sent to parents on Aug. 28 by Central Valley School District's data privacy coordinator, Central Valley was also victim to the breach, which included 13,000 schools.
The letter indicated that students' names and birthdates may have been illegally accessed on a network maintained by Pearson Education, Inc., which is a third-party vendor with whom the district contracted.
District officials said there has been no evidence of misuse at this time, and that they stopped using the online service in June 2019 – before learning of the breach.
The unauthorized access occurred in November 2018. Pearson discovered it in March 2019, and the company began notifying school districts in July 2019.
The breach involves the records of 1,769 students enrolled at Central Valley for any part of 2012-2016.
Pearson previously provided the following statement:
"Pearson Clinical Assessments notified affected customers of unauthorized access to approximately 13,000 school and university AIMSweb 1.0 accounts. The exposed data was isolated to first name, last name, and in some instances may include date of birth and/or email address. Protecting our customers’ information is of critical importance to us. We have strict data protections in place and have reviewed this incident, found and fixed the vulnerability.
While we have no evidence that this information has been misused, we have notified the affected customers as a precaution. We apologize to those affected and are offering complimentary credit monitoring services as a precautionary measure."
Anyone interested in learning more about the credit monitoring is asked to call 866-883-3309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Central Valley parents can reach out to Cuyle Rockwell, Central Valley Data Privacy Coordinator at 315-894-5000 x 51111 or email@example.com. with questions.
In late August, officials with Rome City School District announced that the district was also impacted by the data breach.
Below is a copy of the letter sent home to Central Valley parents.