The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) provides data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation’s public schools. These data are used by the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR), by the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and other ED offices, and by policymakers and researchers outside the Department.
The CRDC is a longstanding and critical component of the overall enforcement and monitoring strategy used by OCR to ensure that recipients of the Department’s federal financial assistance do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability. The survey collects data on enrollment, harassment and bullying, sexual assault, course offerings, discipline, and other factors.
AIR conducts research and evaluation on the CRDC through a contract with NCES. These efforts have included conducting site visits to learn more about how school districts prepare for and respond to the CRDC; using data science techniques to identify data anomalies; performing student privacy protections; and developing tools to help researchers use CRDC data.