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California School Information Services (CSIS)

Information about the organization supporting the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and local educational agencies in data submissions. CSIS is a division of the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).

The FCMAT/CSIS was statutorily authorized in 1997 with the mission to:

  • Build the capacity of local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement and maintain comparable, effective, and efficient student information systems that will support LEA daily program needs and promote the use of information for decision making by school, district, and county staff.
  • Enable the accurate and timely exchange of student data.
  • Assist LEAs in transmitting data electronically to the California Department of Education (CDE) for federal and state reporting, thereby reducing the reporting burden of LEA staff.
  • Assist LEAs in assigning and maintaining statewide student identifiers (SSIDs).

CSIS is a division of FCMAT, which is under the administrative oversight of the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. The primary role of FCMAT/CSIS is to support the CDE in the maintenance and operations of CALPADS. This data system is the foundation of California’s K–12 education data system. It maintains individual-level data including student demographic, program participation, grade level, enrollment, course enrollment and completion, discipline, state assessment, teacher assignment, and other data required to meet state and federal reporting requirements. Data are linked longitudinally using unique, non-personally identifiable SSIDs. While CALPADS is a CDE-owned data system, in collaboration with the CDE, CSIS provides technical assistance, support, and training to LEAs and provides technical support and maintenance of CALPADS, including requirements, programming, testing, configuration/deployment, and maintenance functions. For information about CALPADS, visit the CDE's CALPADS web page. For more information about CSIS, visit the CSIS web site External link opens in new window or tab..

CSIS Grants gives information about the funding available to CSIS for the support of state-reporting LEAs, non-state reporting LEAs, and CSIS administration.

Contact Information

CSIS Staff Contacts External link opens in new window or tab. – CSIS Organization Staff

Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, January 17, 2024
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