California Department of Education FAQFrequently asked questions regarding general education topics.
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How do I find general information about education in California?
How do I file a complaint?
The California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 4610 authorizes the California Department of Education (CDE), through the Uniform Complaints Procedures (UCP), to process only complaints regarding student discrimination and/or categorical programs that are mandated by certain federal and state statutes and regulations as appeals of the local education agency decision or, in certain specified situations.
Special Education complaints are handled through the Special Education Complaint Process.
Complaints against a district, school, principal, teacher, or school personnel are not within the jurisdiction of the CDE. Each local district governing board has ultimate authority over general education processes. Please contact your local school district administration to determine what local processes govern the resolution of complaints. If your complaint is against a principal, teacher, or school personnel, you may want to ask your local district administration for information on their employee grievance process. If your complaint is against a principal or teacher, you may also contact the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Outside Source).
Procedures for filing a complaint against the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, Child and Adult Care Food, Summer Food Service, or Commodity Supplemental Food programs are handled by the United States Department of Agriculture.
How do I find information regarding district/school boundaries/maps?
You can find information about district/school boundaries on the CDE District/School Boundaries Web page.
How do I find information regarding district transfers?
You can find information about district transfers on the CDE District Transfers Web page.
How do I obtain a grant or scholarship?
Grants for local educational agencies – Information about funding can be found on the Available Funding Web page.
Student grants and scholarships – The California Department of Education does not allocate grants or scholarships to students. Information about grants or scholarships for college can be found on the California Colleges Web site .
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Where can I find demographic data?
The California Department of Education has demographic data about students, schools, districts, and education staff in the kindergarten through twelfth grade public school system on the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) Web page.
Additionally, DataQuest allows users to create their own reports of demographic data for public schools, districts, counties, or the state.
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How do I find an educational movie or book that is published by the California Department of Education?
The California Department of Education publishes the Educational Resources Catalog, which lists publications and other educational resources from CDE Press, the Department's publications office.
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Are California standards and content frameworks available in a language other than English?
Currently, the frameworks are available only in English. Spanish translations of the English-language arts, mathematics, and history-social science standards are available on the CDE Document Translation References Web page. A link to an outside source for the science standards in Spanish is also provided.
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How can I find school contact and performance information?
Use your zip code as the search criteria to find your local school and district contact information in the California School Directory.
School performance information can be found on the School Performance Web page.
How do I find out if a school is accredited?
The CDE does not accredit schools or programs. Schools are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) .
How can I find information on private schools?
For information regarding private schools please visit the Private Schools Web page.
How can I find out general information about Special Education?
The Procedural Safeguards Referral Service (PSRS) is available to assist and to answer questions by phone at 800-926-0648 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Who do I contact regarding my child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
Special Education issues are handled through the Special Education Complaint Process.
How do I obtain copies of my student records?
The California Department of Education does not collect and/or store student transcripts, records, or cumulative files for students in California public schools.
To obtain records from:
A California public school (K-12), contact the school directly. If the school is closed, contact the local school district or county office of education for assistance. To find contact information on a school, local school district, or county office of education, visit the California School Directory.
A private school (K-12), contact the school directly. If the school is closed, contact the governing body of the school.
- To obtain a transcript from the California Youth Authority, an individual must contact the school directly. If the school is closed, you can contact the California Youth Authority Education Services, by phone at 916-322-5759.
- A public postsecondary institution, contact the school directly. If the school is closed, contact the appropriate agency:
- A private postsecondary institution, contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
How can I find information about testing in California schools?
Information regarding statewide testing programs in California is available on the Testing Web page.
How do I obtain a copy of my test results?
The California Department of Education does not maintain copies of student test results. For information regarding test results, refer to the following:
Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR), including the California Alternative Performance Assessment (CAPA), California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) Student and Parent Report, or Physical Fitness Testing (PFT), contact your school. You can find school contact information at the California School Directory.
General Educational Development (GED) Test results, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) - GED Records Center.
Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT), Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test results, contact The College Board .
How do I become a teacher in California?
The California Department of Education (CDE) does not credential teachers; however, you can find information for individuals interested in pursuing a teaching career on the Become a Teacher Web page. Teachers are credentialed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) .
How can I find a teaching job in California?
The CDE maintains the TEACH California Web site to assist schools and organizations to bring new teachers into California classrooms.
How do I know if I am a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Highly Qualified Teacher?
NCLB teacher requirements can be found on the Improving Teacher Quality Web page.
How do I find general information about the California Department of Education?
For further information about the California Department of Education please visit the Additional Department Information Web page.
How do I contact the California Department of Education?
For information regarding physical location, phone number, and other general contact information regarding the California Department of Education please visit the Contact the Department Web page.
How do I obtain information regarding permits or licenses and how to have an application granted by the California Department of Education?
For information regarding permits or licenses and how to have an application granted by the California Department of Education please visit the FAQ - Applications, Licenses, & Permits Web page.
How do I get assistance, as a small business or Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise, in contracting with the California Department of Education?
Small Business Advocates are available to assist small businesses and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) suppliers who wish to contract with the California Department of Education.