Pearson AIMSweb 1.0 Data Breach

As you may have heard, Pearson, the publisher of print and digital textbooks, experienced a data breach affecting more than 13,000 school districts and universities.

Unfortunately, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) was one of the impacted districts.  

Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 system breach was limited to first and last name, and date of birth.  

What happened
In mid-March of 2019, Pearson became aware that an unauthorized third party gained access to a set of data related to the AIMSweb 1.0 platform. Pearson launched a review, which included outside cybersecurity experts, to determine the nature and extent of any data potentially affected. Pearson is also working with the FBI. Through this review, they believe this incident occurred in or around November 2018.  

BVSD takes matters related to student data privacy seriously and conducted its own review.   No additional data was found to be at risk. BVSD continues to be in compliance with the Colorado Student Data and Transparency Act and remains vigilant in protecting student data. 

Pearson is fully cooperating with the BVSD on this matter.

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 notifying affected families
While Pearson does not have any evidence that this information has been misused, we are bringing this situation to the attention of our community, as a precaution.  

Currently, BVSD is working to notify individuals directly impacted by the breach by mail. If you haven’t received a letter August 30, your student’s data is not 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.