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Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) for the 2017-18 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 2017-18 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, English learner, and disability.  For more general information about the CRDC (including past and future collections), visit the CRDC home page.

2017-18 CRDC

Documents released that use the 2017-18 CRDC data to provide insights are presented below: 

  • Press Release (issued October 15, 2020)
    Public announcement of availability of 2017-18 CRDC data

  • Restraint and Seclusion Issue Brief PDF (758K) (issued October 15, 2020)*
    Highlights of the data from the 2017-18 CRDC on restraint and seclusion of students

  • Sexual Violence Issue Brief PDF (3.2M) (issued October 15, 2020; updated December 9, 2022)
    Highlights of the data from the 2017-18 CRDC on school violence factors in the educational environment

  • An Overview of Exclusionary Discipline Practices in Public Schools for the 2017-18 School Year PDF (790K) (issued June 22, 2021)
    Highlights of the data from the 2017-18 CRDC on the discipline of students

  • OCR Infographic Series on School Discipline Practices in U.S. Schools
    • Part 1: Discipline Practices in Preschool PDF (794K) (issued July 2021)
    • Part 2: Suspensions and Expulsions in Public Schools PDF (794K) (issued August 2022)
    • Part 3: Suspensions and Expulsions of Students with Disabilities in Public Schools PDF (794K) (issued August 2022)
    • Part 4: Corporal Punishment in Public Schools PDF (966K) (issued September 2022) UPDATED!
    • Part 5: Referrals to Law Enforcement and School-Related Arrests in Public Schools PDF (548K) (issued January 2023)

*This issue brief does not reflect the updated 2017-18 CRDC data that were released on May 10, 2021.

Access 2017-18 CRDC Data

Data from the 2000, 2004, 2006, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2013-14, 2015-16, and 2017-18 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 2017-18 CRDC in CSV format can be downloaded in a zip file (118.7M).  Warning – Large file (UPDATED May 10, 2021)

For information about the data file:


OCR also provides a restricted-use data file for the education researcher. If you are interested in obtaining a license to access the 2017-18 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: 05/02/2023