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From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Tue Aug 19 2008 - 06:31:16 CDT
The Princeton Review, the test-preparatory firm, accidentally published
the personal data and standardized test scores of tens of thousands of
Florida students on its Web site, where they were available for seven
A flaw in configuring the site allowed anyone to type in a relatively
simple Web address and have unfettered access to hundreds of files on the
company's computer network, including educational materials and internal
Another test-preparatory company said it stumbled on the files while doing
competitive research. This company provided The New York Times with the
Web address of the internal files on the condition that it not be named.
The Times informed the Princeton Review of the problem on Monday, and the
company promptly shut off access to that portion of its site.
One file on the site contained information on about 34,000 students in the
public schools in Sarasota, Fla., where the Princeton Review was hired to
build an online tool to help the county measure students. academic
progress. The file included the students' birthdays and ethnicities,
whether they had learning disabilities, whether English was their second
language, and their level of performance on the Florida Comprehensive
Assessment Test, which is given to students in grades 3 to 11.
Another folder contained dozens of files with names and birth dates for
74,000 students in the school system of Fairfax County, Va., which had
hired the Princeton Review to measure and improve student performance.
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