Nation-wide data breach affects multiple schools in NW Minn.

Fargo, N.D. (Valley News Live) At least a dozen public school districts in Northwestern Minnesota are being impacted by a nation-wide data breach.

The Area Special Education Cooperative says the districts of Ada-Borup, Climax-Shelly, East Grand Forks, Fertile-Beltrami, Fisher, Fosston, Norman County West, Norman County East, Red Lake County Central, Red Lake Falls, Stephen-Argyle Central, Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, and Win-E-Mac.

The data that was breached includes the students first name, last name and in some instances, school ID number.

The Cooperative says approx. 2,000 students had their names affected and of those, 165 had student ID numbers breached.

This stems from the nation-wide Pearson AIMSweb data breach that impacted more than 13,000 schools including Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead and Bismarck.

Families in affected districts can apply for free credit monitoring through Pearson. Call 866-883-3309 or email aimsweb1request@pearson.com