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When is California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) data certified?

Homeless student data are certified two times a year in CALPADS. The Fall 1 submission is certified in late January and early February and End of Year 3 (EOY 3) submission is certified in late August.
In order to certify data in CALPADS, authorized district or charter school personnel are required to review the accuracy of all data associated with the applicable CALPADS submission. CALPADS certification is a two-step process with Level-2 certification reserved. Refer to the CALPADS Calendar for the submission windows and certification deadlines.

When is Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) data certified?

CARS Winter and Spring certification dates can be found here CARS Calendar Release Schedule.

What is the difference between California School Dashboard and DataQuest?

The California School Dashboard External link opens in new window or tab. (Dashboard) provides data on school and district progress so they can participate in decisions to improve student learning. DataQuest provide data and statistics about California’s K–12 public educational system that supports a wide variety of informational, research, and policy needs. Summary and detailed data reports are available for multiple subject areas at the school, district, county, and state levels.
For more information on the differences between the California School Dashboard and DataQuest please visit Data Crosswalk for the California School Dashboard and DataQuest (PDF).

What is the difference between Cumulative data and Census data?

Cumulative enrollment data includes an unduplicated count of all students who had a primary or short-term enrollment for at least one day anytime within the school year (July 1 to June 30). Cumulative enrollment data can be found on CDE's Cumulative Enrollment Data website. Annual enrollment (Census Day enrollment) consists of the number of students enrolled on Census Day (the first Wednesday in October). Census Day enrollment data can be found on CDE's Annual Enrollment website.

How can counties access CALPADS 5.4 and 5.5 reports?

In order to access and review C/A Report 5.4, a CALPADS user must have the County role added to their CALPADS account. For more information access CALPADS Update Flash #182.


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Last Reviewed: Thursday, August 12, 2021
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