New Report for Civil Rights Data Collection Submission!

on February 28, 2017

Hmmm, let’s see…what happens in February? There’s Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and…what’s the other one? I can’t remember. Oh, right! It’s Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) submission time. You forgot? Well, you’re not alone. Let’s talk a bit about this commonly overlooked, but very important federal report.

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What is CRDC?

The CRDC is a survey that is collected every other school year by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). In an effort to enforce and monitor equal educational opportunity, the CRDC has collected data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools. This information is used by the Department of Education’s OCR, other Department offices, federal agencies, policymakers, and researchers.

The CRDC is a longstanding and important aspect of the OCR’s overall strategy for administering and enforcing the civil rights statutes for which it is responsible. It provides valuable information about access to educational opportunities. It also plays a pivotal role in assisting policymakers, researchers, and others in the education community. And it ensures that recipients of the Department’s Federal financial assistance do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.

The CRDC began collecting information in 1968. In 2000, the CRDC was conducted for every public school in the country. Only in the years 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2009 were the surveys conducted on a sample of school districts (approximately 7,000 LEAs and 90,000 schools). Starting in 2011, the CRDC returned to universal collection, including every public school in the country.


Submission Dates

On February 6, 2017, the CRDC submission system for the 2015-16 school year will open to LEAs. To ensure system performance is maintained, there will be staggered open and close dates based on region. The open and close dates, and states associated with each region, are listed below.  Each region has the standard 75 calendar days from their assigned open date to submit data.

Phase

Region

States

Open

Close

     1

  East         Coast

CT, DE, FL, GA, IN, ME, MD, MA, MI, NH, NJ, NY, NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA, DC, and WV

  02/06/2017

  04/24/2017

     2

  Central

AL, AR, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, NE, ND, OK, SD, TN, TX, and WI

  02/08/2017

  04/26/2017

     3

  West  Coast

AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY

  02/10/2017

  04/28/2017


In an effort to help make the collection of this data easier for you, OnCourse has developed a CRDC report. The report gathers information pertaining to Section VII: Student Discipline and Section VIII: Student Offenses. However, before the report can be used by your district a few things need to be set up. To guide you in this process, please refer to the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) User Guide. And, as always, if you have any other questions please contact OnCourse Support at 800.899.7204 x4 or send us an email at support@oncoursesystems.com.


Resources

Civil Rights Data Collection Resource Center

Civil Rights Data Collection New User Starter Kit

Civil Rights Data Collection

Data visualization for K12 schools eBook

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