Civil Rights Data Collection

What is the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)?

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) conducts the bi-annual Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) to collect data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation’s public schools. This data collection is published nationally. 

In the past, this collection was submitted by designated staff at select Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Charter Schools in North Carolina. As of the 2011-12 school year, all districts in the nation are required to report this data on behalf of all schools to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

What is the purpose of the CRDC? 

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Education’s (Department) CRDC is to obtain data on key education and civil rights issues in our nation's public schools, including student enrollment and educational programs and services, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, English learner (EL), and disability. The CRDC is a longstanding and important aspect of the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) overall strategy for administering and enforcing the civil rights statutes for which it is responsible. 

CRDC Authorization 

The CRDC is a mandatory data collection, authorized under the following statutes and regulations: 
• Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of1964, 
• Title IX of the Education Amendments of1972, 
• Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973,and 
• The Department of Education Organization Act (20 U.S.C. § 3413). 
The regulations implementing these provisions can be found at 34 CFR 100.6(b); 34 CFR 106.71; and 34 CFR 104.61.

What is NCDPI's role in the CRDC?

NCDPI will extract data available from state level systems that are already required at the state level for other reporting purposes. NCDPI will submit the data to the federal submission portal for all PSUs.  PSUs are responsible for and required to update data in the Federal Submission tool and provide any remaining data elements not collected by the state. Finally, they must certify the data collection within the Federal Submission Portal.

Notification that the Federal submission period has begun will be sent from the Federal CRDC Partner Support center and from NCDPI.

Each PSU must review the USED and CRDC requirements each submission year. This will inform the appropriate staff of the questions asked by the OCR, the federal definitions as applicable to the collection, and any special instructions for the specific data requested.
Federal requirements and other important information for this collection can be located in the Civil Rights Data Collection Resource Center 


When is the data collected?


Collection Year Submission Year
SY 2013-2014 SY 2014-2015
SY 2015-2016 SY 2016-2017
SY 2017-2018 SY 2018-2019
SY 2019-2020 SY 2020-2021 - Canceled due to COVID-19
SY 2020-2021 SY 2021-2022 - New federally mandated collection
SY 2021-2022 SY 2022-2023
SY 2023-2024 SY 2024-2025

The Federal submission window generally opens in the fall and closes within 75 business days. The submission window dates are subject to change per the OCR. LEAs and Charter schools must verify, add data and certify the collection within the 75 day time-frame.

What information is collected?

Tab/Accordion Item

Overall Enrollment


IDEA and Section 504

Interscholastic Athletics

Single Sex Classes

Teacher Certification

Number of School Counselors, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Security Staff


Early Childhood Education

Gifted & Talented

Algebra 1 Enrollment and Passing by grade 7 or 8, 9 or 10, 11 or 12

Student Retention by grade

Geometry: Courses & Enrollment

Algebra LI: Courses & Enrollment

Other Advanced Mathematics: Courses & Enrollment

Calculus: Courses & Enrollment

Biology: Courses & Enrollment

Chemistry: Courses & Enrollment

Physics: Courses & Enrollment

AP: Courses & Enrollment

IB Enrollment


Corporal Punishment

Suspensions: In-School and Out-of-School

Expulsions: With & Without ED. Services, Zero Tolerance

Referrals to Law Enforcement & School-Related Arrests

Students Subjected to and Instances of Mechanical Restraint, Physical Restraint, and Seclusion

Bullying and Harassment on Basis of Sex, National Origin, and Disability