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California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS)

This page provides information about CBEDS, an annual collection of district and school information used for state and federal reporting.

The California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) is an annual data collection administered in October. CBEDS data are reported through an Online Reporting Application called CBEDS-ORA. The purpose of CBEDS is to collect data about schools and districts, as well as some aggregate data on students and staff.

The CBEDS data collection is comprised of a County/District Information Form (CDIF), a School Information Form (SIF), and a District of Choice Supplemental (DOCS). The CDIF is used to collect data specific to districts and county offices on the number of classified staff, estimated number of teacher hires, and work visa applications. The SIF is used to collect data specific to schools on the number of classified staff, kindergarten program type, educational calendars, and work visa applications (for charter schools). The DOCS is used to collect District of Choice transfer information and is only required for districts participating in the District of Choice program.

Important Dates

October 7, 2020: CBEDS Information Day
October 30, 2020: CBEDS data are due to the California Department of Education (CDE)


The CBEDS-ORA allows CBEDS coordinators to:

  • Submit SIF, CDIF, and DOCS data to the CDE
  • Update CBEDS coordinator contact information
  • Obtain a list of schools that are expected to submit CBEDS data


Instructional Resources

CBEDS-ORA Resources

Prior Year (2019) File Import Specifications



CBEDS training is provided to CBEDS coordinators in video format consisting of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation with voice-over narration. Click on the training link below to view the video. Please allow approximately forty minutes for the training.


Policies and Guidelines

Questions:   CBEDS/CDS Support Office | | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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