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Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2015-16 School Year

On key education and civil rights issues in our schools Background Information
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) collected data about key education and civil rights issues for the 2015-16 school year from virtually every public school in the country through the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).

The CRDC collects a variety of information including student enrollment and educational programs and services, most of which is disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability.  For more general information about the CRDC (including past and future collections), visit the CRDC home page.

2015-16 CRDC

Documents released in 2018 that use the 2015-16 CRDC data to provide insights into equity in school districts are presented below:

  • Press Release (issued April 24, 2018)
    Public announcement of availability of 2015-16 CRDC data

  • STEM Course Taking Issue Brief PDF (2.4M) (issued April 24, 2018)
    Highlights of the data from the 2015-16 CRDC on student access to STEM courses that foster college and career readiness

  • School Climate and Safety Issue Brief PDF (2.6M) (UPDATED May 17, 2019)
    Highlights of the data from the 2015-16 CRDC on school climate and safety factors in the educational environment

  • STEM Data Story (issued November 8, 2018)
    Story on the exploration of both access to and enrollment in Algebra I in K-12 public schools using data from the 2015-16 CRDC, developed by the InformED initiative.

Access 2015-16 CRDC Data

Data from the 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14, and 2015-16 CRDC surveys are available in the CRDC reporting tool at The tool facilitates school- and district-level searches, viewing of data reports, and exploring and analyzing data.

To access a copy of the public-use data file:

  • A public-use data file containing the entire 2015-16 CRDC in CSV format can be downloaded in a zip file (34M).  Warning – Large file (UPDATED September 28, 2018).

For information about the data file:

  • The Public-Use Data File User’s Manual for the 2015-16 CRDC provides information about the purpose of the study, the target population and respondents, data anomalies and considerations, differences in the restricted and public-use data, data collection procedures, the data file structure, and data processing.

  • The Data Notes Addendum is a notice of known data quality issues for the 2015–16 CRDC Restraint and Seclusion Module. New!


OCR also provides a restricted-use data file for the education researcher. If you are interested in obtaining a license to access the 2015-16 CRDC restricted-use data file, then please visit the National Center for Education Statistics page for Restricted-use Data Applicants.

For additional information about the CRDC, please e-mail OCR at


Last Modified: 02/24/2022