Recently, all superintendents should have received a letter regarding the upcoming mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection, or CRDC, from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. The 2011-12 CRDC will collect data for the 2011-12 school year from all schools and school districts in South Dakota. This is not a new data collection; however, the last time the CRDC was conducted as a universal collection was in 2000.
The purpose of the Civil Rights Data Collection is to obtain data related to the nation's public school districts and elementary and secondary schools’ obligation to provide equal educational opportunity. To fulfill this goal, the CRDC collects a variety of information, including student enrollment and educational programs and services data that are disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability.
The CRDC is a mandatory data collection, authorized under the statutes and regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and under the Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. § 3413).
Click here to go to the OCR website for access to the 2011-12 survey form with definitions and FAQ.