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Opening Plenary Session

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
1:15 – 2:15pm

Welcome and Introductions

John Q. Easton, Director of Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education

Keynote Speech

Civil Rights and Data: Utilizing Statistics to Examine the Equity Health of Our Nationís Schools

Catherine E. Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Educationís Office for Civil Rights (OCR) uses data every day in its work to protect students from discrimination based on race, national origin, sex, disability, and age. OCR relies heavily on data collected through its Civil Rights Data Collection and by the National Center for Education Statistics to undercover disparities affecting students at the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. During this session, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Catherine E. Lhamon will cover the importance of data to OCRís work and the way OCR utilizes statistical information in its policy development and investigations.


Ross Santy, Associate Commissioner, Administrative Data Division
National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education