Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)
This page contains information on the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), specifically geared for use of the CRDC in the development of State and local report cards. Data on this website is derived directly from the national public-use data file the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) prepares of the CRDC data. The school-level data are separated into State-specific data files and made available to States in order to ensure the data on report cards is consistent with the data that the U.S. Department of Education makes publicly available and that safeguard student privacy, while reducing burden for States. Go to 2015-16 CRDC collection for a link to download the full, national public-use file.
About the CRDC
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a survey of all public schools and school districts in the United States. The CRDC measures student access to courses, programs, staff, and resources that impact education equity and opportunity for students. The CRDC is a longstanding and critical aspect of the overall enforcement and monitoring strategy used by the OCR. In addition, the CRDC is a valuable resource for other federal agencies, policymakers and researchers, educators and school officials, parents and students, and other members of the public who seek data on student equity and opportunity.
OCR places a high priority on ensuring the accuracy of CRDC data. The data submission system includes a series of embedded edit checks to ensure significant data errors are corrected before a district submits its data. Additionally, each district is required to certify the accuracy of its submission. Although OCR performs these robust data quality checks, there are known data issues and concerns. More information on data quality can be found in the 2015-16 CRDC Data Notes.
2015-2016 Documentation and Resources
- Code Book-This is an excel spreadsheet. – Describes the order, data field name, and data field description of the school-level data elements
- User Guide-This is a PDF document. – 2015-16 CRDC public Use data file user's guide
- Usage Agreement-This is a Text file. – Describes the requirements data user agree to comply with by downloading and using the CRDC data
2015-2016 School Data
Questions or Comments
If you have questions or comments about the CRDC data, please email OCR@ED.GOV.