ST. CHARLES – Students in Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 had personal information exposed in a data breach.
Both school districts have notified parents that they recently learned from Pearson Clinical Assessment that the company experienced a data security incident related to their AIMSweb 1.0 product by an unauthorized third party. The districts used AIMSweb 1.0 to track student academic progress and are among 13,000 Pearson clients impacted by this incident.
Kaneland School District 302 officials believe that only a small number of students – five – were impacted by the breach. The three districts no longer use AIMSweb. The assessment company informed the districts that the student data affected was limited to only students' first and last names, and in some cases, date of birth.
St. Charles School District Superintendent Jason Pearson is not connected to the company.
No test scores, performance data or any other identifying student information was part of the data incident, according to officials. The data in the St. Charles School District that was impacted was from as far back as 2001, and involved approximately 3,206 District 303 students enrolled during that time, officials said. The data also included approximately 338 staff members’ first and last names and school email addresses.
"Although AIMSWeb 1.0 has provided no evidence that any data was misused, out of abundance of caution, the district wants to make you are aware of this incident," St. Charles district officials said in a notice to parents.
Free credit monitoring service from Experian is available to any student in the two districts during this time, as well as affected staff members. Pearson is providing this free service as a precautionary measure.
Those interested in learning more about this option can go to experianidworks.com/credit (activation code: PF7N9N97G, engagement code: DB12466).
"As a school district, we take very seriously the security of all student, family and staff data," St. Charles School District officials said. "Only the most limited data is provided to vendors for required services. Contracts with outside vendors are closely vetted to ensure measures are in place at all times to safeguard that data. Pearson Clinical Assessment has worked with cybersecurity experts to evaluate the incident and assured us that changes have been implemented to prevent this from happening again with their product."
Those with questions can contact Pearson Clinical Assessment at firstname.lastname@example.org or the District 303 Assessment Office at 331-228-4919. Geneva School District parents with questions can contact Michael Wilkes, director of technology, at 630-463-3070.