This month, BVSD learned that an unauthorized third party gained access to Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 system in November 2018. As a result, they may have been able to download BVSD student’s first and last names, as well as their date of birth.
Pearson became aware of the breach, which has impacted more than 13,000 school districts and universities across the United States, in mid-March. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the breach and, to date, Pearson does not have any evidence that this information has been misused.
Pearson is best known as the publisher of print and digital textbook, but also develops education-related software. BVSD used Aimsweb 1.0 to track progress, inform instruction and provide updates to parents. No other Pearson products appear to be impacted by this breach.
The district conducted an independent review and found no additional data sources were at risk. BVSD continues to be in compliance with the Colorado Student Data and Transparency Act and remains vigilant in protecting student data.
“BVSD takes the safety and security of our students extremely seriously,” stated a letter sent to BSVD students by Chief Information Officer Andrew Moore and Superintendent Rob Anderson. “We will continue to work with Pearson and other vendors to ensure everything possible is done to protect the privacy of student data.”
BVSD is currently working to notify individuals directly impacted by the breach by mail. Families should receive a letter by August 30 if they are affected.
Families impacted will have access to a credit monitoring service through Experian. Pearson is paying for the expense of notifying families and the credit monitoring.