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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.
The PowerPoint slides presented in the April 19, 2016 CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM) are available on the California School Information Services (CSIS) Web site via the link above.

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, May 25, 2016

Recently Posted in School Performance


  • CALPADS Known Issues v1.4.06 (XLS) (added 25-May-2016)
    This document lists open issues that have been reported to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) office.
  • CALPADS Data Guide v7.1 (DOC) (added 13-May-2016)
    This guide is intended to assist users in preparing for data submission to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
  • CALPADS Extract Specifications V7.2 (DOC) (added 12-May-2016)
    This document serves to assist LEAs in understanding the extract specifications for CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Assessment User Manual v2.4 (PDF) (added 11-May-2016)
    This document is an extension of the CALPADS User Manual, and the document includes information relevant only to Assessment functionality within CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Error List v7.6 (XLS) (added 11-May-2016)
    This document contains descriptions for each error generated when submitting given data to CALPADS.