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California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)

A longitudinal data system used to maintain individual-level data including student demographics, course data, discipline, assessments, staff assignments, and other data for state and federal reporting.

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CALPADS Updates

The CALPADS Updates (Flash memos) are located in CALPADS Communications.

Useful Information and Links

CALPADS Course Codes (formerly CBEDS Course Codes)

Are you looking for CALPADS course codes? Refer to the CALPADS Code Sets document, which is located within the CALPADS System Documentation under the "CALPADS File Specifications" heading. The document is provided in Microsoft Excel format.

Other Links and Resources

CALPADS Background/History
CALPADS includes statewide assessment data, enrollment data, teacher assignment data, and other elements required to meet federal NCLB reporting requirements.

CALPADS Legislation
Information on the Education Codes and their requirements within CALPADS.

California School Information Services (CSIS)
Information about the organization supporting CALPADS and local educational agencies (LEAs) in data submissions.

CALPADS Statewide Student Identifier (SSID)
An SSID is a unique, non-personally identifiable student identifier that all K–12 public school students are required to have.

National School Lunch Program Data Exchange
Information for point-of-sale vendors and student information system vendors. The purpose of the National School Lunch Program Data Exchange Project is to provide these vendors with a common file layout in an effort to improve data quality.

Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Friday, January 3, 2020
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #167 (added 17-Dec-2019)
    Topic: When to Use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP), or an Individualized Service Plan (ISP); guidance regarding how LEAs should report these students.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #168 (added 17-Dec-2019)
    Topic: Important Reminder to update the Student English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) in CALPADS Prior to Summative Testing for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC).
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #166 (added 11-Dec-2019)
    Topics include: Exiting students from the Special Education Program versus from a School; requirements for students with disabilities transferring into a district.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #165 (added 22-Nov-2019)
    Topics include: 2019-20 Fall 1 submission requirements modification; viewing Fall 1 SPED certification errors.