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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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2017–18 CALPADS Certification Report


System Documentation

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS)

Effective for the 2018–19 Academic Year
Effective for the 2017–18 Academic Year

CALPADS Error List

CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures

Effective for the 2017–18 Academic Year

CALPADS Data Guide

Effective for the 2018–19 Academic Year
Effective for the 2017–18 Academic Year

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Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #142 (added 20-Sep-2018)
    Topics include: CALPADS LEA Admininstrator application; required training; updated timeline for CALPADS down time; registration now open for October 2 CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM).
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #141 (added 07-Sep-2018)
    Topics include: Upcoming CALPADS down time; upcoming Operational Data Store pull for grad rate indicator; four-year ACGR report versus one-year grad counts; EOY data uses.
  • Critical Reminders for 2018 Dashboard (added 08-Aug-2018)
    Letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators regarding critical reminders for the 2018 California School Dashboard.