K12 SURVEILLANCE student data collected since 1968

K12 Surveillance

Data, reported by 17,604 public school districts and 97,632 public schools and educational programs, has been collected and published biennially by OCR Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) since 1968. 



K12 EDUCATION Students Are Rebelling Against Eye-Tracking Exam Surveillance Tools
Invasive test-taking software has become mandatory in many places, and some companies are retaliating against those who speak out.
“We must do better than subjecting our students to surveillance & violations of their privacy… better than allowing algorithmic policing through biometric surveillance as the new normal.” @zenalbatross
on why students are rejecting surveillance tools.

OCR’s civil rights enforcement responsibilities at the PK-12 level, including charter schools, magnet programs, alternative schools, schools serving students with dis-abilities, and long-term juvenile justice facilities.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) partners with the CRDC.

The CRDC web site features  tables and charts that display a district’s or school’s data about key issues for the current CRDC and/or multiple prior collections at the same time.


The 2017-18 CRDC covers a broad array of topics and requires districts and their schools to collect and input as many as 1,700 data points.


50.9 million

The CRDC is a resource for other Federal agencies, policymakers, researchers, educators, school officials, parents, students, and other members of the public. To further explore the CRDC through the use of data tools, please visit the CRDC Reporting Website at ocrdata.ed.gov. To download the 2017-18 CRDC, visit crdc.ed.gov.

Data quality reviews and technical enhancements included the following:

  • Conducting greater outreach to districts with potentially anomalous restraint and seclusion data submissions; and
  • Allocating additional technical support resources, clarifying proper understanding of reporting requirements, and working with districts to ensure detailed written corrective plans were put into place when data was incomplete.


Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Frank Brogan visited Lancaster Catholic High School in Pennsylvania on October 8, between hosting interactive virtual showcases with Cardinal Community Schools in Iowa (joined by Governor Kim Reynolds) and Illini Bluffs School District in Illinois on October 7 and Conemaugh Township Elementary School in Jonestown, Pennsylvania, and Central Elementary School in Logan, Ohio, on October 14.

Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education Scott Stump also hosted a virtual showcase, with Westminster High School in Colorado, on October 15.


House Subpoenas DeVos Staff in Probe of For-Profit College
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other high-ranking officials are deliberately sidetracking the oversight efforts by refusing to comply with their requests for information.
Citing a U.S. News investigation, the House Education Committee is compelling testimony from staffers into agency involvement in a for-profit college’s defrauding of students. “The Department has obstructed the Committee at every turn,” Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott wrote regarding Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and other high-ranking officials. House Democrats subpoenaed three career staff members at the Education Department on Thursday as part of their ongoing investigation into the Trump administration’s role in allowing Dream Center, the operator of two now-defunct for-profit colleges, to mislead students and continue operating the schools despite losing their accreditation.


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