Analyzing the Civil Rights Data Collection for Education Policy Research

Analyzing the Civil Rights Data Collection for Education Policy Research
This course will provide graduate students, researchers,and practitioners with information on how to access and analyze theCivil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a large-scale data set managed bythe Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the U.S. Department of Education.The CRDC is a universe collection of school districts on key educationand civil rights issues in our nation's public schools. The datacollected include student enrollment, educational programs and services, school discipline, and indicators of college and career readiness. Most data are disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited Englishproficiency, and disability.

The course will include informationalpresentations, extensive demonstrations, several hands-on exercises, and group work discussions. Topics covered are:

1) an overview of the CRDC survey design
2) demonstration of online data tools for accessing and analyzing CRDC data 
3) sharing tricks and techniques for analyzing large-scale data sets.

Participants will learn to:

1) analyze CRDC data using online tools
2) conduct statistical tests
3) create data tables and graphs 
4) understand how to obtain a restricted-use data license.

Participants should have a general knowledge of research methods and statistics.


  • Janis D. Brown, U.S. Department of Education
    Stephanie Miller, National Center for Education Statistics 

Recorded April 10, 2016

Course No. 137-2016



VRLC Course
Recorded 06/29/2016
Recorded 06/29/2016