GreatSchools to Collaborate with U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights Highlighting Access to Educational Equity and Opportunity Nationwide

Civil Rights Data Collection to be included on for the first time

Oakland, CA, June 7, 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit and digital platform for school information, announces today a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to provide important school data to all American families about access to
educational opportunities highlighting equity and disparities in schools across the United States.  For the first time, the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC), a national collection of school-level information providing a window into the experiences of different groups of students in U.S. schools, will be easily accessible to American parents.  

“The CRDC data are more than numbers and charts – they illustrate in powerful and troubling ways disparities in opportunities and experiences that different groups of students have in our schools,” said  U.S. Education Secretary John King, Jr. in a statement today. “The Obama Administration has always stressed how data can empower parents, educators and policy makers to make informed decisions about how to better serve students. The stories the CRDC data tell us create the imperative for a continued call to action to do better and close achievement and opportunity gaps. We are excited to work with GreatSchools to provide this critical information to millions of American families and their communities.”

GreatSchools will provide analysis and insight and display a range of learning opportunities, broken down by student group, including race, gender, disability, and English Language Learner status. GreatSchools plans to use the school-level data from the 2014 CRDC to show parents:

  • Access to rigorous coursework
  • Enrollment in gifted programs, AP courses and advanced STEM courses
  • College readiness milestones, AP exam scores and SAT/ACT registration
  • Discipline rates and chronic student absenteeism

“Having this information from the CRDC allows us understand how diverse groups of children are being served by their schools — where they have exceptional opportunity to succeed and where they simply are not given much of a chance,” said Matthew Nelson, Chief Operating Officer of GreatSchools. “GreatSchools is proud to work with Secretary King and the Department of Education to give millions of families a view of their school through a lens of equity to help children receive the education they deserve.”

In addition to the information above, GreatSchools’ profiles will integrate school-level data on access to resources, including but not limited to:

  • Staff resources and staff to student ratios
  • Athletic participation and gender breakdown
  • Early learning program availability

In the upcoming months GreatSchools will analyze the data to produce school-level insights and make it accessible to all parents and the public on the platform.  

About GreatSchools:

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national education nonprofit helping empower parents to improve educational opportunity for their children. GreatSchools reaches over half of American families with school-age children each year — more than 55 million people.  GreatSchools offers school quality information gathered from federal, state, and local governments, and from parents, students, and teachers.  Through its GreatKids program, parents can find thousands of articles, videos, learning tools and worksheets to help support their child’s learning.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to all American families.



GreatSchools is the leading nonprofit providing high-quality information that supports parents pursuing a great education for their child, schools striving for excellence, and communities working to diminish inequities in education. We are the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government to provide analysis, insights, and school quality ratings for parents, partners, researchers, and policymakers. Over 49 million users visit GreatSchools’ award-winning website annually to learn about schools in their area, explore research insights, and access thousands of free, evidence-based parenting resources to support their child’s learning and well-being.

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