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

Useful Information and Links

CALPADS Information Meetings (CIM)

CALPADS Information Meeting – October 17, 2017 External link opens in new window or tab. (Video; 02:00:00)
YouTube video of the October 17, 2017 CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM).

CIM Presentation Materials – October 17, 2017 External link opens in new window or tab.
Presentation materials including PowerPoint slides and agenda from the October 17, 2017 CIM meeting, available on the California School Information Services (CSIS) Web site.

Presentation materials for past CIM events can be found on the CSIS Events External link opens in new window or tab. page; click on the "Past Events" button to view a list of past CIM events, and click on the individual links to view agendas and documents for each event.

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.

CALPADS AYP Reports: Guidance Documents

The CDE has produced guidance documents to help LEAs navigate through the CALPADS AYP reports and assist LEAs in identifying whether corrections are needed to their CALPADS data. These guidance documents are now posted on the CDE Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Web page under the heading entitled “CALPADS AYP Reports: Instructions and Guidance.”

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 | | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Monday, March 12, 2018
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • National School Lunch Program Data Exchange (added 09-Feb-2018)
    This document serves to provide point-of-sale vendors and student-information-system vendors with a common file layout in an effort to improve data quality.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #134 (added 25-Jan-2018)
    Topics include: Updated guidance regarding the use of the N470 exit code; changes to fields and code definitions; new EOY certification validation rule; CTE data & E-2 reporting.