Grades, attendance records altered in Michigan high school hack

The district's superintendent has notified parents of students at Orchard Views High School that some academic data had been accessed and changed.
report card
Getty Images

Hackers made changes to grades and attendance records last week at the Orchard View Schools district in western Michigan.

Jim Nielsen, district superintendent, disclosed the incident Wednesday in a letter to parents posted on Facebook and the district’s website.

“Late last week, we became aware of a data breach in PowerSchool, our student information system,” Nielsen writes.

So far, he said the breach seems to have only affected one school, Orchard Views High School.


Administrators became aware of “unauthorized change” to grades and attendance records on March 8, Neilson told EdScoop. He said the parents of the affected students have been directly notified of the incident.

The investigation is still ongoing and as more information becomes available in subsequent days, the district officials will share what they can, he said.

Nielsen did not identify the perpetrators or note if the students whose grades were altered were aware of the actions.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

Latest Podcasts