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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 v8.1 (DOC; 36MB) | PDF (26MB) (New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document contains detailed instructions regarding how to use CALPADS.

CALPADS Assessment User Manual

  • CALPADS Assessment User Manual v2.4 (DOC; 5MB) | PDF (3MB) (Dated 11-May-2016)
    This document is an extension of the CALPADS User Manual. It includes information relevant only to assessment functionality.

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS)

  • CALPADS Code Sets v8.1 (XLS; New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document contains the current code values referenced in the file specifications for the coded value data elements. CALPADS course codes (formerly CBEDS course codes) are included in this document (see the "Course Group State" code set).
  • CALPADS File Specifications v8.1 (DOC; New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document includes overviews of the file formats, data submission windows, and document conventions.
  • CALPADS File Specifications: Student Absence Summary (STAS) File Format v1.0 | PDF (New 02-Aug-2016)
    This new file format will be added to the CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) in January 2017. Thus note that the numbering in this file format summary begins at number 3.13, in association with the CALPADS File Formats cited in the CALPADS File Specifications document, v8.1.
  • CALPADS File Specifications (Forms) v8.1 (XLS; New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document contains the file formats for CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Extract Specifications v8.1 (DOC; New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document serves to assist LEAs in understanding the extract specifications for CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Valid Code Combinations v8.1 (XLS; New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document lists codes that can only be used in specific combinations in CALPADS.

CALPADS Error List

  • CALPADS Error List v8.2 (XLS; Dated 09-Aug-2016)
    This document contains descriptions for each error generated when submitting data to CALPADS.

CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures

CALPADS Data Guide

  • CALPADS Data Guide v8.1 (DOC; 2MB) PDF (New 09-Aug-2016)
    This document provides guidance for LEAs regarding the collection and submission of data for CALPADS.

Career Technical Education (CTE) Course Code Mapping


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Last Reviewed: Friday, August 19, 2016
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