Why do we collect demographic data?

Demographic data is the information that describes a school's or district’s student population. This data can include student ethnicity, race, gender and much more. The demographics outlined in the chart to the left are students eligible for free or reduced lunch, students who receive services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA/Special Education), and students who are still learning the English language (Title III/EL).

The reason for collecting data about school and district demographics is to see a clear picture of the make-up of the school or district. One of the most important reasons for collecting student demographic data is so administrators and teachers can make informed decisions about instruction and programs so each student is provided with an appropriate education.