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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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2018–19 CALPADS County-Level Certification Report


System Documentation

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS)

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: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #166 (added 11-Dec-2019)
    Topics include: Exiting students from the Special Education Program versus from a School; requirements for students with disabilities transferring into a district.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #165 (added 22-Nov-2019)
    Topics include: 2019-20 Fall 1 submission requirements modification; viewing Fall 1 SPED certification errors.
  • California School Information Services (CSIS) (added 15-Nov-2019)
    Contains 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 Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).
  • 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.