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Data breach at testing vendor exposes student information

Jan 22, 2018 12:45 am

Carolyn Thompson is reporting for the Associated Press a data breach at testing vendor Questar Assessment has exposed the personal information of 52 students in five New York schools, state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said January 18. The breach occurred from December 30 through January 2. The data accessed included student names, identification numbers, grade levels and teacher names. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office has opened an investigation. “Even though access was to a very minor amount of data any unauthorized access to data is unacceptable,” the Apple Valley, Minn.-based company said in a statement. “Questar took immediate action to address the unauthorized access.” The data accessed belonged to students attending schools in Great Neck, Menands, Oceanside (Hempstead), Queens and Buffalo. New York replaced test vendor Pearson with Questar in 2015. Last year, approximately 28,000 students took the latest assessments electronically, while an additional 60,000 students field-tested computer-based tests, Elia said. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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