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STEM & Civil Rights: Item from the Department of Education April 27, 2018 ED Review Newsletter

Posted on April 27, 2018 - 8:18 AM CDT

Tags: Elementary | High School | Higher Education | Middle School

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On April 24, the Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released the 2015-16 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC).  This data, self-reported by 17,300 public school districts and 96,400 public schools and educational programs, is collected and published annually by OCR.  The CRDC includes, for the first time, comprehensive data regarding incidents of criminal offenses in schools, as well as several new categories of data on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) course taking.

“Protecting all students’ civil rights is at the core of the Department’s mission,” noted Secretary DeVos.  “We are pleased to produce the CRDC in a way that it can be reviewed, analyzed, and utilized by local, state, and federal education leaders.  I want to commend the many educators, school leaders, and OCR staff who put in countless hours to produce this data and who work tirelessly to ensure all students are able to learn in a safe and nurturing environment free from discrimination.”

The Department used CRDC data to produce specific data briefs on two major topics: School Climate and Safety and STEM Course Taking.  To evaluate how safe students are at school, the CRDC collects data on serious offenses, law enforcement referrals and school-related arrests, harassment or bullying, restraint and seclusion, and school discipline.  For STEM, the CRDC collects data on course availability and enrollment for middle school and high school courses, as well as student passing data on Algebra I.

Users can find selected facts about a district or school, as well as tables and graphics of reported data, here.

For the 2017-18 CRDC, OCR will collect data on computer science classes and school Internet access but no longer collect data on high school equivalency course exam results, Advanced Placement (AP) course exam results, and student chronic absenteeism.