U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights Releases the 2017-2018 Civil Rights Data Collection
On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) released the 2017-2018 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a self-reported set of over 1,700 data points certified by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs.
These collections have been published biennially since 1968 and detail OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Parents, students, and schools are able to access comparative information regarding enrollment, advance placement courses, gifted and talented programs, and more school characteristics through the CRDC website, which also includes useful tools to compare the 2017-2018 collection with years past.
This data has also been used to produce issue briefs, including one regarding inappropriate restraint and seclusion impacting students with disabilities.