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CBEDS Data Collection and Reporting Process - CalEdFacts

This content is part of California Department of Education's information and media guide about education in the State of California. For similar information on other topics, visit the full CalEdFacts.

The California Basic Educational Data System, otherwise known as CBEDS, is a system for collecting and sharing demographic data about students, schools, school districts, and classified staff in the California public school system in kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12). The data are collected once a year on the first Wednesday in October, which is designated as “Information Day.”

The data are collected on two different forms. Each district and county office of education completes a form providing information about classified staff and estimated teacher hires. Each public school completes a form providing information about classified staff, kindergarten program types, educational calendars, and parental exception waivers from English-language classrooms. Additionally, charter schools reporting independently of their authorizing districts provide information on estimated teacher hires, and schools participating in the School Improvement Grant (SIG) provide information on increased learning time, school year minutes, advanced coursework/dual class enrollment, and student and teacher attendance rates.

CBEDS is designed to produce state and federal reports required by the California Education Code and by federal statutes.

CBEDS data are also made available for other uses by schools, districts, parents, government groups, control agencies, California Department of Education (CDE) staff, the media, and the general public. The public may view data in a variety of formats from the Demographics [] Web page.

Data are available online through the following methods:

  • DataQuest lets users create their own reports of demographic data for public schools, districts, counties, or the state.
  • Demographic reports are viewable and show trends in demographic data for California public schools, K–12.
  • Demographic data files can be downloaded for California public schools, K–12.

For more information, contact the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office at 916-324-6738 or by e-mail at Additional information can be found on the Data and Statistics [] Web page, as well as on the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) [] Web page.

Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, August 8, 2018