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This update FLASH covers: The upcoming (November 17, 2012) CALPADS maintenance release; the Thanksgiving holiday Service Desk schedule; an update on assessment and accountability functionality; and a reminder of pending deadlines.

To:            Local Educational Agency (LEA) Representatives

From:       California Department of Education – CALPADS Project Team

Date:        November 15, 2012

Subject:  CALPADS Update FLASH #66

CALPADS Maintenance Release

There will be a CALPADS maintenance release this Saturday, November 17, 2012 and updates will be in production on Monday, November 19, 2012. CALPADS will be unavailable from Friday, November 16 at 6 p.m. until Monday, November 19 at 6 a.m. to accommodate this release. The defect fixes and changes included in this release will be specified in a Release Update, which will be available on the Release Updates link on the CDE CALPADS Web page[] on the Monday following the release. A listserv message will be sent when the release update has been posted on the CALPADS Web page. Highlights of the changes included in this release include:

Thanksgiving Holiday Service Desk Schedule

The CALPADS Service Desk will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 21 and 22, 2012.  The system wil be available but there will be no staff on duty to respond to support tickets. Support tickets submitted during the holiday will be addressed on Monday, November 26, 2012.

Assessments and Accountability Functionality Update

The Assessments and Accountability (A&A) functionality will not be included in this November release and will be made available in a January 2013 maintenance release. (Note that while A&A roles are available to be assigned by LEA Administrators, the functionality is not yet available in the CALPADS production environment for use.)

The CDE has chosen to delay release of the A&A functionality until January due to the current focus on the Fall 1 and Fall 2 submissions and the upcoming December 19 certification deadline. The CDE will conduct additional user testing during this time to better ensure a quality release.

Reminder of Pending Deadlines

Fall 1 Certification Deadline – December 19, 2012. To be on track to certify by the dealine all LEAs should have uploaded and posted the SENR, SINF, and SPRG files, and reduced their anomaly percentage to less than 2%. Between now and December 19th  LEAs should reconcile their certification reports.

High-Level Path to Fall 1 Certification

Fall 2 Certification Deadline – January 16, 2013. To be on track to certify by the deadline all LEAs should complete local data population, including staff demographics/assignments and course attributes, by the end of November.


Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | | 916-324-6738
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