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California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)

A longitudinal data system used to maintain individual-level data including student demographics, course data, discipline, assessments, staff assignments, and other data for state and federal reporting.

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Latest Information:

CALPADS Updates

The CALPADS Updates (Flash memos) are located in CALPADS Communications.

Useful Information and Links

CALPADS Information Meeting – April 19, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab. (02:29:10)
YouTube video. Additionally, the CIM PowerPoint Slides – April 19, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab. are available on the California School Information Services (CSIS) Web site.

CALPADS Course Codes (formerly CBEDS Course Codes)
Are you looking for CALPADS course codes? Refer to the CALPADS Code Sets document, which is located within the CALPADS System Documentation under the "CALPADS File Specifications" heading. The document is provided in Microsoft Excel format.

CALPADS AYP Reports: Guidance Documents
The CDE has produced guidance documents to help LEAs navigate through the CALPADS AYP reports and assist LEAs in identifying whether corrections are needed to their CALPADS data. These guidance documents are now posted on the CDE Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Web page under the heading entitled “CALPADS AYP Reports: Instructions and Guidance.”

CALPADS Background/History
CALPADS includes statewide assessment data, enrollment data, teacher assignment data, and other elements required to meet federal NCLB reporting requirements.

CALPADS Legislation
This Web page provides information on the Education Codes and their requirements within CALPADS.

CALPADS Statewide Student Identifier (SSID)
An SSID is a unique, non-personally identifiable student identifier that all K–12 public school students are required to have.

Local Educational Agencies (LEA) Funding
Ongoing funding ($0.25 per enrolled student) is available for eligible LEAs to support maintenance of Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs).

Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Code Sets v8.2 (XLS) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    This document contains the current code values referenced in the CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) for the coded value data elements. The CALPADS Code Sets document includes the code set name, coded value, name & description.
  • CALPADS File Specifications (Forms) v8.2 (XLS) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    This document contains the file formats for the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
  • CALPADS Valid Code Combinations v8.2 (XLS) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    This document depicts the valid codes that can only be used in specific combinations in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
  • CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures v8.2 (DOC) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    The CALPADS Statewide Student Identifier (SSID) and Enrollment Procedures document serves as a guide to assist LEAs in properly submitting enrollment and exit data to CALPADS.
  • CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) v8.2 (DOC) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    This document includes an overview of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) file formats, data submission windows, data submission calendar, and document conventions.

  • CALPADS Extract Specifications v8.2 (DOC) (added 21-Sep-2016)
    This document serves to assist LEAs in understanding the extract specifications for CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Release Updates v1.1.95 (XLS) (added 20-Sep-2016)
    Release updates for CALPADS, September 20, 2016.
  • CALPADS User Manual v8.2 (DOC) (added 20-Sep-2016)
    CALPADS User Manual. This document contains instructions regarding using and navigating the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
  • CALPADS Known Issues v1.4.22 (XLS) (added 16-Sep-2016)
    This document lists open issues that have been reported to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) office.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #121 (added 16-Sep-2016)
    Topics include: September release highlights; release of foster youth data; modified CTE course codes; ODS reports; fall updates and reminders; October CIM meeting registration now open.