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CRDC 2021-2022 FAQ

USDE CRDC Data Entry Tool Errors New Section 2/7/2024

Q1: Why am I getting an error on DISC-26 – Discipline of Students with Disabilities – More than One Out-of-School Suspension where the Section 504 Only section has 8 students and the IDEA total number is 6?

A: The OCR tool seems to be doing a comparison in the students with disabilities questions between IDEA (special education) and Section 504 Only, but these two categories are different sets of students.

Here is an OCR resource guide that describes how to count these separate categories in the students with disabilities questions – page 2, Tables that have Two Columns for Students with Disabilities (IDEA and Section 504 only):

Basically, it is quite possible for Section 504 Only to be greater than the IDEA columns since it is a different set of students, there is no overlap or subset of students from one category to the other.

Update from USDE 2/8/2024: Thank you for contacting the CRDC Partner Support Center. We have escalated this technical issue of misfiring of error ERR9004 in the DISC module. To clear this error, please select a reason code with comment ‘PSC confirmed misfire error’ for data quality purposes below. That is correct that 504 only students are, in fact, reported separately from IDEA students in the DISC module.

Q2: New 2/12/2024 Why am I getting errors for not having data entered for Nonbinary students?

A: We are not including nonbinary elements in our CRDC extracts, so zeroes and nulls that are displaying in the USDE CRDC data entry tool are driven by that tool, not the importing of files from OnDataSuite. Technically, if you answer the LEA NBIN-1 question in the tool as No, all of the school form’s nonbinary elements should be null according to the USDE’s file specification document, but that might not be what’s happening on the USDE CRDC data entry tool’s screens or in their error reports. If you have concerns, you will want to contact the CRDC Partner Support Center: https://crdc.communities.ed.gov/#program/contact-psc

Update from USDE: Thank you for contacting the CRDC Partner Support Center. Because you have answered No to NBIB-1 you do not need to enter zeros in the nonbinary category of each module. Please remove all the zeros under nonbinary, then save and the zeros should turn to NA which will clear the errors.

Q3: New 2/23/2024Why am I getting an error on my ENRL counts not matching to EdFacts on my elementaries?

A: The EdFacts values seem to be coming from fall snapshot enrollment and do not take into account that ENRL changed from 2021 to 2022 CRDC reporting from Preschool-12th grades to KG-12th grades. Any elementaries that include EE and PK will not match fall snapshot report totals since ENRL starts at grade KG. They now have a PSCH question for the EE and PK students ages 3-5 enrollment count.

If you have updated your ENRL counts to match snapshot counts for elementaries that have EE and PK students, you will be reporting inflated counts, since these students will be in both the ENRL and, if ages 3-5, in the PSCH sections.

Recommendation if you did update information in the USDE CRDC data entry tool is to extract the single ENRL section from OnDataSuite and upload that into the tool to overwrite the ENRL data element values. The error can be resolved in the OCR tool by indicating the data is correct as reported and adding an explanation.

General Questions

Q1: What date are you using for the Fall Snapshot 2021 date?

A: We are utilizing the PEIMS Fall snapshot date of 10/29/2021. We did receive confirmation in writing from the CRDC Partner Support Center on 10/26/2023 that this is acceptable.

Q2: Why are you using the September 1st age for preschool information instead of the snapshot age?

A: We use the September 1st age so that we don’t put a 2-year-old in the 3 years of age for preschool when more than likely they are an Early Education student.  We also don’t want to lose students since there isn’t an absolute way to determine preschool based on grade level, so we have to decide where the 3 years should count, preschool or not at all in the school form. We erred on the side of including the 3-year-old EE students in the school form.

If you want to change the figures because of a different interpretation, you can do that in the CSV extract or in the USDE CRDC data entry tool, but there are many questions that include preschool students, so you might receive warning messages in the tool if the counts don’t match up.

Q3: If a student changes campuses during the school year, what is their CRDC campus for reporting?


  • For Fall snapshot, the campus reported on 10/29/2021 except for course questions in PENR, COUR, and APIB sections which utilize the campus where the course was completed
  • For year long questions:
    • COUR – Algebra I questions: Campus where the course was completed
      • PEIMS data source – Campus where the incident occurred
      • Custom data source – Campus in the CSV file upload tied to the PEIMS attendance campus to ensure student attended at least one day at that campus
    • RSTR Mechanical and Physical Restraint – Campus in the CSV file upload tied to the PEIMS restraint campus to ensure student had at least one restraint at that campus
    • RSTR Seclusion – Campus in the CSV file upload tied to the attendance campus to ensure student attended at least one day at that campus

Q4: How do I know which data can be uploaded into OnDataSuite and which data must be manually entered?

A: There are a few ways to see where the source of a question’s data comes from:

  • The School Form navigator color codes questions that are editable or require an upload (all “manual” entry since data does not come from PEIMS or SAT/ACT files)
  • In the School Form, as you go through the questions, look for “Edit your data” or “Upload” buttons on the far-right hand side of the question. If there is an “Upload” button, this question requires a CUSTOM Data Source file to be loaded in order to hook to the PEIMS information and fill out the question. If it is an “Edit your data” question, it needs to be answered on the CRDC Report Center, School Form Partial PEIMS Edit or Edit Questions, right hand side of screen.
  • On the Check List and Data Map screen, look for red Xs under the CUSTOM Data Sources columns. This indicates that a CUSTOM data source upload must be completed in order for the question to be filled out. Using the ARRS questions as examples, once you upload data if applicable for these questions, the red X will turn to a green checkmark.

Q5: Can I import my CRDC files from my SIS to OnDataSuite?

A: No, most SIS systems have their own CRDC reporting tool that has the CSV extract files that can be loaded to the USDE CRDC data entry tool just as we do. We are basically calculating the same values that can be exported to a CSV file with the appropriate column headings as the SIS, but more than likely using different logic since we purely use the PEIMS state reporting for most of the questions.

The only data that would be uploaded into OnDataSuite would be the CUSTOM Data Sources files found on the left-hand side of the CRDC Report Center screen, and they should contain a simple student ID and county/district/campus number (or staff ID if uploading for the SECR-1-Security Staff question). This 2-column format could be exported from your SIS, or any other data tool or manual reporting you have, for answering these particular questions.

Please see the instructions page 11 for more information on the CUSTOM Data Sources files:
2021-2022 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) Report Center

Q6: New 12/20/2023 I have answered several edit questions and have uploaded some CUSTOM data sources, why aren’t the questions in the navigator bar turning yellow?

A: The questions will change to yellow once you click on the first column “Complete” on the Check List and Data Map screen. Since you have the ability to continually update upload and edit questions, we don’t make assumptions you are complete just by submitting data. You control when a question is truly complete by checking the “Complete” column.

Q7: New 1/8/2024 If I have checked “Complete” on several edit questions on the Check List and Data Map screen, why isn’t the CRDC Report Center main screen showing those edit questions shaded green?

A: The Check List and Data Map screen is not tied to the CUSTOM Data Sources or Edit Questions on the CRDC Report Center main screen. The shading of green on the CRDC Report Center screen means either a file has been uploaded or an edit question has been submitted. Since you can continually upload or make changes to the questions on this screen, it does not necessarily mean you are completely finished with a question just because the question is shaded green. The Check List and Data Map screen is where you can definitively mark a question as fully completed based on your processes.

Q8: New 1/17/2024 Is there any way to see my prior year CRDC reporting for my LEA or campuses?

A: Currently, our archival process is for LEAs to download their CSV extracts and if desired in a more readable format, print to PDF the LEA and School Form for all campuses prior to OnDataSuite moving to the newest CRDC submission. Due to the amount of resources to keep prior years’ data and the fact that we are not the official source of the OCR CRDC information which can be subsequently updated repeatedly, we do not offer multiple years of CRDC reporting.

Please note to see prior years’ CRDC reporting on the OCR site, you can utilize these links:

Q9: New 1/25/2024 We have a campus that isn’t showing in the School Form campus dropdown. How can we get this campus added since it had students in 21-22?

A: We get our list for the CRDC campuses from the NCES site:

Since the campus is not included in the download from this site, we will need the NCES ID #, the campus number, and the campus name, and we can then get the campus added to the school form dropdown.

Q10: New 1/25/2024 I have a section 504 student who is not showing in the DISC questions in the Section 504 Only column, why not?

A: For summer time questions, like the DISC section, if a student was both special education and section 504, we do not report the student in the Section 504 Only column. These students would be in the IDEA columns. Per logic statement:

  • Section 504 Only Counts:
    • Summer Special Ed Indicator Code = 0 AND
    • Summer Section 504 = 1

Q11: New 1/25/2024 Do you have any training videos on CRDC?

A: Yes, look for prior webinars for CRDC under Training (top black menu bar)>Webinars>Keyword Search: CRDC.

We also have a main kb article for all things CRDC including a link to the most recent OnDataSuite CRDC instructions:

CUSTOM Data Sources

Q1: I’m confused about the CUSTOM Data Sources section and why do I have to upload files. Doesn’t it all come from PEIMS and SAT/ACT files?

A: While it is true that the majority of the CRDC questions can be answered by PEIMS and assessment files, there are 25 questions in this section that can’t be answered using these data sources. 

For example, the HIBS section. We don’t report to PEIMS students who were harassed or bullied, only the perpetrators, and we don’t indicate the source for the harassment or bullying – Sex, Race, or Disability. So, if you have students in any of these questions, you create a CSV upload of student ID and Cnt/Dist/Cmp # and our system then hooks up to those students in PEIMS and breaks them out by gender/ethnicity/sped/504/EL according to the PEIMS coding, meaning you don’t have to manually calculate these values. The source of the upload is dependent on where you keep the documentation for answering these questions. It could be in your SIS, it could be in a third-party product – like a stand-alone discipline system, or it could even be in just an Excel spreadsheet that someone keeps up with throughout the year.

If you don’t have staff or students for any of these questions, you don’t have to upload anything. You can just leave it with No Data Exists shaded blue. For example, if you don’t have corporal punishment, you won’t upload a file under the DISC section, and so on.

Q2: Do we need to upload a blank custom data source file even if we have no data for that question to ensure null/zeroes extract correctly to the CSV files?

A: No, we will extract either nulls or zeroes according to the flat file specifications document provided by OCR.

School Form Edit Questions

Q1: OFFN-1: Offenses – Number of Incidents – Shouldn’t all of this data populate automatically from the PEIMS data?

A: There is not a definitive way to apply the disciplinary action reason codes to most of the columns for this question. Some reasons:

  • PEIMS doesn’t indicate with any type of disciplinary code “with weapon” or “without weapon”, so that eliminates the majority of the columns in OFFN-1.
  • PEIMS does not differentiate a threat from an actual physical attack.
  • In the last column, Possession of a firearm or explosive device, we are pulling PEIMS disciplinary action reason code 11-Brought a Firearm to School or Unlawful carrying of a Handgun, but the definition also includes an explosive device which has no specific action reason code. If you have these situations, you will want to alter the total to include the explosive device incidents.

Q2: I am reviewing the School Form Edit Questions and need to know if we need to put “0” when the answer should be zero or just leave it blank?

A: No, we will extract either nulls or zeroes according to the flat file specifications document provided by OCR. If you view the edit question in the CRDC School Form on a specific campus, you will see the zero for appropriate questions.

Block Scheduling

Q1: How do we know if we do block scheduling at a campus?

A: Use block scheduling if you have a different set of students taking that question’s course(s) outside of the fall snapshot date, which in most cases is 2nd semester. One way to test it out if you aren’t sure is by looking at the question’s values in the school form before you turn a question on for a campus, then go select it under Block Scheduling edit question and Submit, and lastly check the question’s values again in the school form. If you are truly doing block scheduling, your counts will probably almost double, not just go up or down by a few.

Q2: What dates should we use for the block scheduling date ranges?

A: For most campuses, this will be the start of the 2nd semester for the begin date and 2022-03-01 for the end date if following the recommendations of USDE.  If the March 1st date falls outside of when students are taking the second block, use the date closest to March 1st.  We will use these dates to compare to the Student Begin Date and Student End Date in the course completion records to pull a second set of students outside of the fall snapshot date.

Q3: If we don’t do block scheduling at any campus, should we select all boxes and submit for each campus?

A: Only use the Block Scheduling edit question link if you actually have at least one campus doing block scheduling. You can’t hit the Submit button on the Block Scheduling screen without entering date parameters and selecting questions, so simply do not click on the link under Step 2. Answer School Form Edit Questions if you don’t have block scheduling campuses.

LEA Form

Q1: Why isn’t the value in the LEA form SSPR-1 question the same as the fall snapshot total for the district?


  • Only students ages 3-5 based on 9/1/2021 are included in the PSCH-2 school form question since it starts with preschool, not early education. If a student is EE and younger than age 3, they will not be included and therefore will not count in the sum of students for the LEA form SSPR-1 question.
  • Another reason there could be a wide disparity between fall snapshot and the SSPR-1 question is that we don’t have all of the campuses identified in the CRDC dropdown box. We utilize the NCES site https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/ to populate the CRDC campus dropdown. If you have made changes with USDE, the site might not have been updated. Verify in your USDE CRDC data entry tool that all campuses you expect to report are there and if any of these are missing in OnDataSuite, simply make a screen shot of the campuses missing in the data entry tool and submit a ticket asking us to add the campus. Please include the name of the campus and the NCES number since it isn’t available on the NCES site; we must have this in order to add the campus to our CRDC campus table. Please note this will only be useful if the campus you are asking us to add has students loaded in your PEIMS 2021-2022 files in OnDataSuite.

Q2: I filled out data on all of the LEA Form CRCO-2 questions’ rows, but when I extract, no data appears. What happened?

A:  Ensure that all CRCO-1 questions’ rows are appropriately answered. If a row has “No”, no data will be extracted for CRCO-2. This is a great example of a “guiding” question.

School Form

Q1: Why isn’t the value in the PSCH-2-Preschool Enrollment school form question the same as the fall snapshot total of the sum of EE and PK snapshot students?

A: Only students ages 3-5 based on 9/1/2021 are included in the PSCH-2-Preschool Enrollment school form question since it starts with preschool, not early education. If a student is EE and younger than age 3, they will not be included. We are including EE students aged 3 since there are instances of full day students being served in both PK and EE who are reported with an EE grade level.

Q2: How can I see what Service IDs are included in the COUR questions?

A:  Look for the “Show Service ID’s used to determine this question” down arrow and click on it to see a list of the service IDs included. Click it again to collapse the section.

Q3: I have some retention students who did not return in the 2021-2022 school year (no shows), but they are not showing in the RETN grade level questions. What should I do?

A: Unfortunately, there is no “retained” indicator sent to PEIMS in the summer submission, so all we can do programmatically is look at the end of the year grade level in PEIMS summer 2021-2022 compared to the grade level reported in the PEIMS fall 2022-2023 submission (including not enrolled on snapshot students).

The OCR instructions state: A student is retained if he or she is not promoted to the next grade prior to the beginning of the following school year. Basically, the one group of students we cannot capture are no show students who were determined to be retained at the end of the 2021-2022 school year. If you decide that the RETN grade level questions’ counts need further updating, you can either update in the CSV extract file or straight into the USDE CRDC data entry tool.

Q4:  I am looking at several questions which should show data, but I am only seeing zeroes, blanks, or the orange wording stating that the question will be skipped. Can you please help?

A:  Things to check for data not appearing when it is expected:

  1. Ensure all files have been loaded to the File Center
  2. Ensure all School Form Edit Questions have been answered first
    The SCHR-3 question is crucial for accuracy! It contains grade levels and drives most of the questions in CRDC!
  3. Ensure you are on the correct campus.  Use the campus filter to change campuses if necessary:

Q5: Why does ATHL-2: Interscholastic Athletics Sports and Teams only show 2 columns, it is missing the All Students column?

A: This column is optional for the 2021-2022 school year so we are not including it. Any question that is optional will be in the school form shaded beige but will state that it is not included in the 2021-2022 survey and will be highlighted orange in the navigator. Look for optional columns in the description of the question, for example DISC-8, DISC-9, etc.

Q6: New 12/18/2023 We have ACT scores loaded for 2021-2022, why aren’t we seeing these included in the EXAM-1-Student Participation in the SAT Reasoning Test or ACT question?

A: The user controls the testing year when loading ACT files, however, the CRDC uses the “Test Date” field in the actual file to determine who is included and is looking for test dates 08/2021-07/2022. To ensure that ACT files are loaded for the 2021-2022 year, you can run the Assessment>ACT HS>Files Loaded by Year report. If you do not see at least one file in the 21-22 year, you will not have results for ACT exams in the EXAM-1 question. You can also run a query in the report center, Demographics and Scores, for 2022 with Test Date in the criteria to see what months/years are loaded so you can ensure you have the results you expect for the time period of 08/2021 – 07/2022.

For further instructions on loading ACT files, please see the following kb article:

Q7: New1/23/2024 Why is the disciplinary action code 07-DAEP Placement showing in the More than One Out of School Suspension questions (DISC-25 and DISC-26), and should they be counting in DISC-27?

A: Please see page 7 in this OCR resource document: Expulsion and Transfer to Alternative School (K-12) (DISC) Module which we utilized to include disciplinary DAEP placements in the More than One Out-of-School Suspension questions (DISC-22, DISC-25, DISC-26, DISC-27) and the Transfer to Alternative School questions (DISC-14b and DISC-15b). Also see page 6 and page 10-Q16 in this OCR resource document: Out-of-School Suspension, Instances of Suspension, and School Days Missed (K-12) (DISC) Module for an explanation of DISC-27 which states respectively to include students who are in DISC-25 and DISC-26 and report days spent at DAEP as days missed due to OSS.

Please note that page 7 of the first document goes into details on how to resolve the errors you will receive on DISC-14b and DISC-15b which will occur if a campus has DAEP placements.

Q8: New1/25/2024 RSTR-1 asks for a count of incidents. How do we indicate this on the custom data sources restraint upload files when a student had multiple incidents?

A8: If a student had multiple incidents, duplicate the student ID/county-district-campus # combination on as many rows as there were incidents. For example, if a student had 4 incidents, repeat the student ID/county-district-campus # on 4 rows.

Q9: New 2/5/2024 Why are my ENRL counts looking low compared to TSDS and the Fall Dashboard for my elementaries?

A9: The ENRL section was revised this CRDC reporting submission to include grades KG-12 instead of Preschool-12. The EE and PK students ages 3-5 are now reported in the PSCH section. You will need to subtract EE and PK grade levels from the ENRL questions if doing comparisons with fall snapshot data.


Q1:  SECR-1-Security Staff: Our security staff are not employed by our district. Can we make up the staff id numbers in the custom data source file uploads to update the two questions?

A:  No, staff id numbers cannot be made up. If the staff are not contained in your PEIMS fall file submission, we will not be able to calculate the FTEs for the two questions since this would require number of days employed and percent days employed.  In this case, you would need to update the information under the Partial PEIMS Edit Questions on the CRDC Report Center main page.

Q2: We employ two law enforcement officers who were reported to PEIMS and serve multiple campuses. How do we upload these employees for the SECR-1-Security Staff question since they cover multiple campuses?

A: If you have an employee who is reported through PEIMS who covers multiple campuses, this employee must be updated under the Partial PEIMS Edit Questions section on the CRDC Report Center main page AFTER completing any SECR CUSTOM Data Sources uploading. This is because the number days employed and percent day employed is not reported by campus for the employee in PEIMS. Basically, only employees who are reported to PEIMS and assigned to one campus can be uploaded with the SECR CUSTOM Data Source file.

Please see TWEDS under DR2 for how FTEs are calculated:

Once you have that FTE, you could then divide that out by how many campuses they service to get an FTE by campus and then update this under the Partial PEIMS Edit Questions-SECR-1-Security Staff edit screen. This is making an assumption that their time is split evenly across the campuses they serve. If not, you will want to get with the HR/payroll department to see if they can give you the FTEs by campus for inputting into the partial PEIMS SECR-1-Security Staff edit screen.

Q3: I have a school nurse – role ID 022 whose FTE is not included in the STAF-7-Support Services Staff Number FTE value. Why is that?

A: Verify that the employee has a responsibility record with role ID 022 at an instructional campus. If the employee was paid at campus 999 or any other non-instructional campus, they can’t be tied to a campus in CRDC since this is only for instructional campuses. If they are at campus 999, they more than likely span multiple campuses and the FTE for this must be manually calculated since the number days employed and percent days employed are not stored by campus. This situation could exist for any of the STAF questions. The FTEs for these employees would need to be added to any existing FTEs and updated either on the CSV extract or in the USDE CRDC data entry tool.

Q4: New 1/25/2024Is there a way to edit the CRDC school form for the STAF FTE questions?

A: The STAF questions are not editable. The FTE values can be updated on the CSV extract, or straight into the USDE CRDC data entry tool. It might be easiest to extract just the STAF section, make the updates in the CSV file (be sure to change the first column back to numeric-0 digits) and then upload to the USDE CRDC data entry tool. This way you can update all of the campuses at once instead of having to go into each one on the OCR side. Just be sure to do this last if still extracting Part B so you don’t override the uploaded values on the single STAF upload. In other words, the STAF section would be the last file uploaded to the USDE CRDC data entry tool.

Check List and Data Map

Q1: New 12/20/2023 When do the “last updated” and “edited by” columns get posted? We have some fields that we have saved, but the report does not have any data in those columns.

A: These columns are updated when you click on the first column “Complete” beside each question. Since you have the ability to continually update upload and edit questions, we don’t make assumptions you are complete just by submitting data. You control when a question is truly complete by checking the “Complete” column. This will also change the question yellow in the navigator section.

CSV Extracts

Q1: Should I wait until we upload from OnDataSuite into the CRDC data entry tool before I hand enter the things I know that I will need to hand enter?

A: If the OnDataSuite CSV extract file has a blank for a particular element, it will not overwrite data in the CRDC data entry tool. Any other value will overwrite data in the CRDC data entry tool including zeroes. If you don’t want data overwritten, change the value including zeroes if applicable to a blank on the extract. If you want to completely reset a value to not submitted, change the element to NS.

Please see this OCR CRDC resource document for further details Zeroes, Blanks (i.e., Nulls) and NS

Q2: I have made some changes to my CSV extract, and when I try to upload to the CRDC data entry tool, it is trying to load some strange numbers with a + sign and won’t load my data.

A: If you open the CSV extract instead of a straight upload to the CRDC site, the NCES number is corrupted. Basically, Excel changes numbers 12 digits or greater to a scientific notation, and once that is saved to a CSV file format, it loses the real number behind the scenes. There is no option to turn this off in Excel.

The solution is once you open the CSV extract in Excel, right click on the NCES number field (SCH_ID column), change the Format Cells to “Number” for the Category with 0 Decimal places, and click OK. This will convert the equation to the actual NCES number and then you can manipulate the file, save it as CSV, and upload it to the CRDC data entry tool without any issues.

You only have to do this if you open up the CSV extract file instead of uploading it straight from your downloads folder or wherever you stored it.

If you already opened the file and saved it as a CSV file without the number conversion, the original NCES number cannot be recovered.  You must export the download file again!

The OCR CRDC site has some excellent documents on the issue of converting your NCES number in Excel and saving your file in the CSV format:

Updated on 02/23/2024

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