Dear CBEDS Coordinators:
In an effort to reduce the data burden on local educational agencies (LEAs), the California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to inform you of the elimination of obsolete data elements effective with the October 2014 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) data collection. This letter is to provide you with details on the data elements being removed, as well as additional changes to the CBEDS data collection. We are providing these changes to you well in advance, so that your LEA can successfully meet the October 1, 2014 collection date.
NOTE: While classified staff counts by race/ethnicity, gender, and type will be removed, full-time equivalent (FTE) classified staff data will continue to be collected by race/ethnicity, gender, and type.
Although some sections of the SIF will be removed, the remaining sections will not be “re-lettered” until the 2015–16 data collection, therefore, the form will not follow a logical alphabetical order. For your reference, attached are last year’s CBEDS CDIF and SIF, with shading on the forms’ sections that will be removed. Later this month the current year’s forms will be available on the CDE CBEDS Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/dc/cb/.
In an effort to improve the accuracy of the truancy data, the following changes will be made to the truancy section (SIF Section M):
Should you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact the CBEDS Team in the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office by phone at 916-324-6738 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cindy Kazanis, Director
Educational Data Management Division