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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: Monday, December 23, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #167 (added 17-Dec-2019)
    Topic: When to Use an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), Individualized Education Program (IEP), or an Individualized Service Plan (ISP); guidance regarding how LEAs should report these students.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #168 (added 17-Dec-2019)
    Topic: Important Reminder to update the Student English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) in CALPADS Prior to Summative Testing for the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California (ELPAC).
  • 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.