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 interscholastic athletics
  • 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: http://ocrdata.ed.gov.

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