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Independent Study Attendance Collection (ISAC)

This page provides information on the ISAC, which is used for collecting student absence data in order to determine eligibility for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits.

Reporting Requirements

As part of the United States government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, additional student absence data are needed in order to determine eligibility for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) benefits. To aid in the reporting of these additional data, the ISAC Reporting System will be used by local educational agencies (LEAs) to submit attendance data formatted per the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) Student Absence Summary (STAS) file specifications.

Submission Window and Reporting Period

Independent Study Attendance data shall be submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) between August 30, 2022 and October 7, 2022.

Data submitted are to reflect data for the months of August 2021 through May 2022. Data are to be reported for each month within the reporting period, which means a separate file will need to be uploaded for each month.

Accessing the ISAC Reporting System

Access to the ISAC Reporting System is only available to CALPADS LEA Administrators. CALPADS LEA Administrators may retrieve their access code by using the Recover Your Access Code feature on the ISAC Reporting System login page.

If you are unsure of who the CALPADS Administrator is for your LEA, use the Search LEA Administrator feature to look up the administrator for your LEA.

ISAC Reporting Instructions

For instructions for reporting student absence data, refer to ISAC Reporting Instructions.

File Specifications

The ISAC Reporting System will accept files in the following file formats:

  • Comma Separated Value (CSV) format (.csv or .txt)
  • Caret Separated Value format (.txt)

Files shall be formatted per the specification of the CALPADS STAS file. See the specifications and templates below for more information on creating files for upload into the ISAC Reporting System. If you need assistance generating this file, it is recommended that you contact your Student Information System (SIS) vendor.



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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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