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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 information about schools and school districts, as well as some aggregate data on students and classified staff in the California public kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) school system. CBEDS data is collected once a year on the first Wednesday in October, which is designated as “Information Day.”

The data is collected on three different forms. Each district and county office of education completes a form, the County/District Information Form (CDIF), providing information about classified staff, estimated teacher hires, and H-1B work visa applications. Each public school completes a form, the School Information Form (SIF), providing information about classified staff, kindergarten program types, educational calendars, and multilingual instructional programs. Charter schools also report information on the SIF regarding H-1B work visa applications and estimated teacher hires. Districts participating in the District of Choice (DOC) program complete a form, District of Choice Supplemental (DOCS), providing select information about their DOC program.

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

CBEDS data is 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 [https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/] web page.

Data is 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 CBEDS/CDS Support Office at 916-324-6738 or by email at cbeds@cde.ca.gov. Additional information can be found on the Data and Statistics [https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds] web page, as well as on the California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) [https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/dc/cb/] web page.

Questions:   CBEDS/CDS Support Office | cbeds@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Monday, October 21, 2019