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LAKE PARK COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 108: Pearson Clinical Assessments Data Security Incident

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By Press release submission | Aug 31, 2019

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Lake Park Community High School District 108 recently issued the following announcement.

Dear Parents and Former Students:

Lake Park High School District 108 was recently notified by Pearson Clinical Assessments, AIMSweb 1.0 that limited Lake Park High School student data from 2001-2016 was accessed in a data security incident. Lake Park previously contracted with Pearson Clinical Assessments AIMSweb 1.0 to monitor student academic progress. Although the District no longer uses the AIMSweb 1.0 software, Lake Park is one of 13,000 school districts throughout the country impacted by this data breach.

Pearson notified the District that the data breach involved approximately 676 former students. According to Pearson, the compromised data was limited to student first and last name and, in some instances, the student's date of birth. No academic performance data, student test scores, student identification numbers or other private, identifying student data was accessed as part of the data breach.

Pearson reports that it initiated an investigation of this matter which has involved cyber security experts and local law enforcement. Pearson also notes that it has secured the AIMSweb 1.0 platform to prevent any additional data breaches. Pearson has assured the District that it is currently reviewing its data security measures and systems to determine what it can do to enhance the safety and security measures in place to safeguard all Lake Park student data.

Although Pearson reports that it is confident that the data breach was limited as described above and that there is no evidence that any of the data included in the breach has been misused, it is offering complementary credit monitoring services via a free one year membership in Experian's Identity Works. If you are interested, you must activate a membership for your impacted student by January 31, 2020 by accessing Experian's website at https://www.experianidworks.com/minorplus and entering the activation code 4GCYX5C69. If you have questions about this process, you may contact Experian's service team at 866.883.3309. You will be asked to provide the customer service representative with an engagement number which is DB12467.

Lake Park High School is committed to maintaining student data and confidentiality at the highest levels. When the District contracts with private contractors, such as Pearson Clinical Assessment, all contacts are carefully reviewed to ensure that systems are in place and appropriate assurances are provided to protect the safety and security of student information and data. We will continue to work with Pearson Clinical Data and any other private vendors to ensure that high quality data safety and security systems are in place. If you have any questions related to the Pearson AIMSweb 1.0 data breach, you may contact Pearson directly at aimsweb1request@pearson.com.

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