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2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) – A First Look

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) unveiled new data from the 2013–2014 school year showing gaps that still remain too wide in key areas affecting educational equity and opportunity for students, including incidents of discipline, restraint and seclusion, access to courses and programs that lead to college and career readiness, teacher equity, rates of retention, and access to early learning. 

This 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection release includes:

  • a first look at data on issues including school discipline, preschool offerings and students’ access to advanced courses and experienced teachers;
  • downloadable access to the full data file for the first time; and,
  • details about the ways in which GreatSchools will be using the CRDC to get this information in the hands of American families, educators and policymakers.

In general, the data show that students of color, students whose first language is not English and students with disabilities are, according to a number of indicators, not getting the same opportunities to learn as their counterparts who are white, whose first language is English or who do not have disabilities.

With respect to discipline and the ways in which different groups are suspended, expelled and subject to restraint and seclusion, they see disparities beginning in preschool and continuing through elementary and secondary years.

Concerning access to advance courses like calculus, physics, AP and GATE programs, the CRDC shows that many schools simply do not offer these subjects, and shines a light on the lack of access for certain groups of students.

They also see that when looking beyond what is required by federal law for children with disabilities, only slightly more than half of school districts offer access to preschool.

Finally, this is the first time that the CRDC collected information on the number of students who are chronically absent – students absent 15 or more days in a school year – and found that over 6 million students fit that description. They hope that you will review the data and contribute to a necessary national discussion about inequities that persist in our nation’s schools.