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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: Monday, September 16, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Error List v11 (added 18-Sep-2019)
    This document contains descriptions for each error generated when submitting given data to CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #161 (added 12-Sep-2019)
    Topics include: Special education data reporting and monitoring; determining LEA and DSEA responsibility for reporting SWD data; enrolling/exiting SWD in CALPADS; CALPADS user roles; addressing discrepancies in local SIS and SEDS.
  • CALPADS Valid Code Combinations v11.0 (added 22-Aug-2019)
    This document depicts the valid codes that can only be used in specific combinations in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
  • CALPADS Extract Specifications v11.0 (added 22-Aug-2019)
    This document serves to assist LEAs in understanding the extract specifications for CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Code Sets v11.0 (added 22-Aug-2019)
    Current code values referenced in the CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) for the coded value data elements.