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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
June 11, 2019

Dear County and District Superintendents and Select Charter School Administrators:

Update to Changes to the Fall 2019 California Basic Educational Data System

This letter is an update to the Changes to the Fall 2019 California Basic Educational Data System (CBEDS) letter that was sent on May 2, 2019. Upon further review of California Education Code Section 8310.8, the California Department of Education (CDE) has determined that the CBEDS data collection is not subject to the requirements to collect and report sexual orientation data as set forth in EC Section 8310.8. Therefore, the CDE will not be collecting sexual orientation data through the CBEDS data collection.

All other changes that were communicated in the May 2 Fall 2019 California Basic Educational Data System letter still apply, including the collection and reporting of the new, nonbinary, gender.

CDE staff are working diligently to update key resources in order to provide LEAs with the information and tools they need to prepare for the 2019–20 CBEDS data collection. We plan to post the 2019–20 CBEDS Administrative Manual, forms, and Import File Specifications in June. All CBEDS resources will be made available through the CDE CBEDS web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/dc/cb/.

We apologize for any confusion or additional work this may have caused you. We look forward to working with your LEA as you prepare for the 2019–20 CBEDS data collection. If we can be of any assistance, or should you have any questions regarding the content of this letter, please contact the CBEDS/CDS Support Office by phone at 916-324-6738 or by email at cbeds@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Jerry Winkler, Director
Educational Data Management Division

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cc: California Basic Educational Data System Coordinator

Last Reviewed: Friday, June 21, 2019

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