State says hard-drive with student data stolen

Posted: Monday, March 07, 2011

ANCHORAGE — Alaska state officials say a hard-drive with student data has been stolen from the Juneau headquarters of the state Department of Education.

Officials say the theft likely occurred in early February, when a computer system holding the data was being upgraded.

Department spokesman Eric Fry says officials believe the thief just wanted the equipment, and not the information on more than 89,000 students that was on the hard drive.

The equipment contained student test scores as well as other information, including the names of test-taking students, dates of birth, student identification numbers, gender, ethnicity, disability status and grade levels.

Officials say the hard-drive does not contain Social Security numbers — information often used by identity thieves.

Fry says the department notified police and the state security office.

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