ODE investigating alleged data breach at Lowellville schools

PARCC testing

LOWELLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – The Lowellville Local School District has placed a high school teacher on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into an alleged security breach involving state testing, according to a press release.

The Ohio Department of Education is investigating, “an alleged security breach involving administration of a PARCC assessment,” the release states. Students across Ohio have been taking PARCC tests, short for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, starting in mid-February.

“The Administration immediately notified the Ohio Department of Education and is maintaining full cooperation with the Department,” Lowellville Local Schools Superintendent Dr. Eugene Thomas said. “Given the ongoing nature of the investigation, and upon the advice of legal counsel, no further public comment will be made at this time.”

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