What is the Civil Rights Data Collection?
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a biennial (i.e., every other school year) survey required
by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Since 1968, the CRDC has collected
data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools for use by OCR in its
enforcement and monitoring efforts regarding equal educational opportunity. The CRDC is also a tool for
other Department offices and federal agencies, policymakers and researchers, educators and school
officials, and the public to analyze student equity and opportunity.
Who was surveyed in the 2011–12 Civil Rights Data Collection?
- For the first time since 2000, includes data from every public school in the nation
(approximately 16,500 school districts, 97,000 schools, and 49 million students)
- Includes traditional public schools (preschool through 12th grade), alternative schools, career
and technical education schools, and charter schools
What was asked in the 2011–12 Civil Rights Data Collection?
- Data for every public school disaggregated by race/ethnicity, English learner status, sex,
and disability Data for all schools now disaggregated by seven race and ethnicity categories,
including Native-Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and multiracial students
- Measures student access to college- and career-preparatory science and math courses, AP courses
and tests, SAT/ACT tests, gifted and talented programs, IB programs, preschool programs, and
- Tracks teacher and resource equity, including teacher experience and salary levels, other
personnel and non-personnel expenditures, and access to school counselors
- Reveals school climate disparities related to student discipline, restraint and seclusion,
retention, and bullying and harassment
How can I access the Civil Rights Data Collection?
The CRDC database, with hundreds of data elements, is fully accessible to the public. All data
presented are self-reported by school districts. For more information about the CRDC, please visit: