What is the Civil Rights Data Collection?
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is a data survey collected since 1968 by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The biennial collection includes data from local education agencies (LEAs) and other education providers (including juvenile justice facilities) on leading civil rights indicators related to access and barriers to educational opportunity at the early childhood through grade 12 levels.
What is the purpose of the CRDC?
The CRDC is a longstanding and critical aspect of the overall enforcement and monitoring strategy used by OCR to ensure that recipients of the U.S. Department of Education's Federal financial assistance do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability. OCR relies on CRDC data to investigate complaints alleging discrimination; determine whether the Federal civil rights laws it enforces have been violated; initiate proactive compliance reviews to focus on particularly acute or nationwide civil rights compliance problems; and provide policy guidance and technical assistance to educational institutions, parents, students, and others. In addition, the CRDC is a valuable resource for other U.S. Department of Education offices, Federal agencies, policymakers and researchers, educators and school officials, parents and students, and the public.
What is the role of the Georgia Department of Education?
CRDC submissions are the responsibility of local education agencies. While the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is not required to submit data as part of CRDC, GaDOE typically preloads into the federal data portal those data submitted by LEAs as part of the state data collection process. This pre-loading is intended to support LEAs in a timely and efficient submission. However, the ultimate responsibility for the submission of accurate data rests with each LEA.
Visit the CRDC website for more information.