Feds Deploy Stats Agency to Improve Civil Rights Information

Feds Deploy Stats Agency to Improve Civil Rights Information

August 23, 2019

“Federal civil rights data on schools can be messy, incomplete, and at times difficult to believe. But the data are also critical to understanding how different groups of students experience and achieve in school,” writes Sarah D. Sparks. Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos pronounced that the National Center for Education Statistics would “partner with the civil rights office to overhaul the procedures for schools submitting information to the Civil Rights Data Collection.” According to Sparks, “many states still struggle to release the detailed report cards required under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which include data on civil rights issues such as discipline disparities.”