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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
This Web page provides information on the Education Codes and their requirements within CALPADS.

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: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #164 (added 05-Nov-2019)
    Topics include: New Postsecondary Status file; reporting postsecondary status for career technical education.
  • 2019-20 Data Collections Back-to-School Letter (added 17-Oct-2019)
    Annual back to school letter for CALPADS, CBEDS, and CARS data collections.
  • Reporting Data for Students with Disabilities (added 10-Oct-2019)
    Common scenarios for determining which LEA is responsible for reporting SWD data, and which LEA will be held accountable on the Dashboard.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #163 (added 02-Oct-2019)
    Topics include: Reporting multilingual and English learner programs; new language instruction codes; reporting EL participation and services in CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #162 (added 26-Sep-2019)
    Topics include: Information regarding the October 8, 2019 California Information Meeting (CIM).