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Cradle-to-Career Data System

This page provides information about the California Cradle-to-Career Data System (California Data System) that will connect data from early education, K-12 education, financial aid, higher education, workforce, and health and human services.

In July 2021 Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 132 External link opens in new window or tab. (Chapter 144, Statues of 2021), which establishes the California Cradle-to-Career Data System. This legislation is the culmination of a multi-year planning process that the California Department of Education (CDE) participated in with other state agencies to establish a statewide, longitudinal data system for California. This system, when fully built out, will link existing education, workforce, financial aid, and social service information to better equip policy makers, educators, and the public to address disparities in opportunities and improve outcomes for all students throughout the state.

Assembly Bill 132 also designates the Government Operations Agency to implement the Cradle-to-Career Data System and outlines the creation of a Cradle-to-Career Governing Board.

For additional information about the new data system, please visit the California Cradle to Career System External link opens in new window or tab. web site.


Information regarding CDE’s participation in the Cradle-to-Career Data System including updates and decisions, will be communicated via the DataQuest listserv. To subscribe to this listserv, please submit a blank email to:

The California Data System Workgroup also maintains a listserv to provide updates, meeting notifications, and announcements about the California Data System. Information about subscribing to this listserv is available on the California Data System Listserv External link opens in new window or tab. webpage.

CDE’s Role

As the largest data contributor to the California Cradle-to-Career Data System, the California Department of Education (CDE) is a key partner in the implementation of this new system. The CDE annually collects data on over 6.1 million public K–12 students who are enrolled in over 1,000 districts and 10,000 schools, including more than 1,300 charter schools. The CDE also collects data on over 365,000 certificated staff, including data on over 300,00 teachers. Through this new system, the CDE will provide a critical linkage between early education experiences and postsecondary and employment outcomes.

To learn about the CDE's data collections and current reporting tools, see the web pages below:

Accessing Educational Data
Obtain data collected by the California Department of Education (CDE), including enrollment data, demographic and student group data, staff data, school and district accountability, statewide assessment results, and directory information.

California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System
The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) operated by the CDE collects and maintains individual-level student and staff data that are submitted local educational agencies (LEAs), including student enrollment, demographics, course enrollments, discipline data, chronic absenteeism data, graduate and dropout data, staff assignment information and other data for state and federal reporting.

Data Requests
The CDE enters into data sharing agreements with public and private institutions of higher education as well as non-profit researchers for student-level data consistent with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) External link opens in new window or tab.. Specifically, since the spring of 2015 through 2020, the CDE has fulfilled 190 data requests from 142 unique entities, including 40 requests for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data. A summary of the requests submitted through the CDE Data Request process are available on the Archived Data Requests tab.

Early Education
The CDE helps manage several child care and development programs in California. These programs are for children from birth to age twelve. They offer early learning and after-school services to babies, toddlers, children in preschool, and children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Some programs assist children with disabilities and children of migrant farm workers. Many of the programs were set up to help parents with child care while they work.

California School Dashboard
The California School Dashboard (Dashboard) contains reports that display the performance of LEAs, schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement. One of the state indicators provided in the Dashboard is the College/Career Indicator (CCI). The CCI provides information about the percentage of high school graduates who met the state’s determination for being “prepared” for college and career activities.

DataQuest provides meaningful data and statistics about California's K–12 public educational system that supports a wide variety of informational, research, and policy needs. Summary and detailed data reports are available for multiple subject areas at the school, district, county, and state levels. In 2019, the CDE released new College-Going Rate reports on DataQuest that show the percentage of California public high school students who completed high school in a given year and subsequently enrolled in any public or private postsecondary institution (in-state or out-of-state) in the United States within 12 or 16 months of completing high school.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 19, 2021
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