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CALPADS System Documentation

The system documents on this page assist in using CALPADS.

The California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) is the foundation of California's K–12 education data system that allows for tracking a student's academic performance over time. This page is part of the California Department of Education's (CDE's) CALPADS Web Portal.

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System Documentation

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) - Current Version, 2019–20 Academic Year

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) - Previous Version, 2018–19 Academic Year

CALPADS Error List

CALPADS Data Guide

Retired Course Code Mapping

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Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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  • 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).
  • 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.