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CALPADS System Documentation

The system documents on this page assist in using CALPADS.

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CALPADS File Specifications (CFS)

Effective for the 2020–21 Academic Year
Effective for the 2019–20 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: Monday, July 27, 2020
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update Flash #190 (added 17-Sep-2020)
    Topics include: 2020-21 roll over; live Fall 1 reporting and certification training for all users; registration information for October CIM meeting.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #189 (added 04-Sep-2020)
    Topics include: Important English Language Acquisition Status Updates.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #188 (added 27-Aug-2020)
    Topics of this Flash include: End-of-Year (EOY) submission deadline updates; update on defect resolution.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #187 (added 18-Aug-2020)
    Topic of this Flash: Guidance for Populating Student Absence Summary and Course Section Files in 2020-21.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #186 (added 13-Aug-2020)
    Topics include: New education program for 2020–21: Tribal Foster Youth; Education Program Code 193 added to CALPADS.

  • CALPADS Update FLASH #185 (PDF) (added 11-Aug-2020)
    CALPADS Update Flash sent to local educational agency (LEA) representatives.
  • 2020-21 Data Collections Back to School Letter (PDF) (added 11-Aug-2020)
    Annual back to school letter for CALPADS, CBEDS, and CARS data collections.
  • 2020–21 Data Collections: Back-to-School Letter (added 11-Aug-2020)
    Letter sent to County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and Special Education Local Plan Area Directors.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #185 (added 11-Aug-2020)
    Topics include: SB 98 highlights; COVID-19-related FAQs; 2020-21 submission guidelines; anomaly percentage threshold for Fall 1.
  • CALPADS Update Flash #184 (added 27-Jul-2020)
    Topics include: 2020-21 Work-Based Learning data; preparing for submitting the WBLR File in 2020-21 EOY 1; Work-Based Learning codes for Students with Disabilities.