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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 SSID and Enrollment Procedures

CALPADS Data Guide

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Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Friday, February 8, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #153 (added 11-Mar-2019)
    Topics include: End-of-Year 3: CERT125 will be disabled; CERT127 will become fatal. Review CERT071 warnings. Applying and reporting disciplinary actions.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #152 (added 07-Mar-2019)
    Topics include: Postsecondary/Transition Students, Adult-age Students Attending a Charter School in an Exclusive Partnership, and Adult-age Students Enrolled in an Adult Education Program.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #151 (added 06-Mar-2019)
    Topics include: Attorney General's Model Policies for K-12 Schools and CALPADS Data Submission.
  • Record Layout for ACT Test Results (added 04-Mar-2019)
    Provides field definitions for standardized test results from ACT Test.
  • Record Layout for AP Test Results (added 04-Mar-2019)
    Provides field definitions for standardized test results from AP Test.

  • Record Layout for SAT Test Results (added 04-Mar-2019)
    Provides field definitions for standardized test results from SAT Test.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #149 (added 15-Feb-2019)
    Topics include: Guidance for assigning Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) for adult students in CALPADS.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #150 (added 15-Feb-2019)
    Topics include: Spring training offered: CALPADS Course Codes, Assignment Monitoring and LCAP Federal Addendum Equity Data training.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #148 (added 31-Jan-2019)
    Topics include: Enrollment and attendance accounting guidance for students attending hospital/health facility programs in another LEA and while on paternity leave; clarification regarding reporting disciplinary incidents.