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CALPADS System Documentation


The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) is the foundation of California's K–12 education data system that allows for tracking a student's academic performance over time. This page is part of the California Department of Education's (CDE's) CALPADS Web Portal.

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System Documentation

CALPADS User Manual

  • CALPADS User Manual v6.5 (DOC; 36MB) | PDF (25MB) (Dated 14-Sep-2015)
    This document contains detailed instructions regarding how to use CALPADS.
    NOTE: An HTML version of the latest version of the CALPADS User Manual, v7.1, can be accessed via the CALPADS system under the Help menu. (The latest version will be posted here once the CDE Web accessibility standards are met.)

CALPADS Assessment User Manual

  • CALPADS Assessment User Manual v2.3 (DOC; 2MB) | PDF (8MB) NEW – Effective 28-Jan-2016
    This document is an extension of the CALPADS User Manual. It includes information relevant only to assessment functionality.

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS)

CALPADS Error List

  • CALPADS Error List v7.3 (XLS; Dated 04-Dec-2015)
    This document contains descriptions for each error generated when submitting data to CALPADS.

CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures

CALPADS Data Guide

  • CALPADS Data Guide v7.0 (DOC; 2MB; Dated 17-Sep-2015)
    This document provides guidance for LEAs regarding the collection and submission of data for CALPADS.

CBEDS Assignment/Course Code Mapping

  • CBEDS Assignment/Course Code Mapping for CALPADS (2010)
    This Web page contains a list of the CBEDS assignment/course codes that changed when codes were transitioned to CALPADS in 2009–2010. A table delineates the retired CBEDS codes that were replaced by new codes in CALPADS.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Course Code Mapping


For more information on System Documentation, please subscribe to the appropriate listserv on the CALPADS Listservs Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 4, 2016

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