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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) - Current Version

CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) - Previous Version

CALPADS Error List

CALPADS Data Guide

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Questions:   CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | calpads@cde.ca.gov | 916-324-6738
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Recently Posted in School Performance
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #156 (added 26-Jun-2019)
    Topics include: Purging of Former Foster Youth report; direct certs in July and August; charter school reporting; SSIDs for adult ed; new enrollment status code: 50 - Non-ADA Enrollment; clarification on data elements for students with disabilities.
  • CALPADS and CBEDS Data Reporting Policy (added 30-May-2019)
    This annual letter provides information about charter school data reporting options for student and teacher data in two state-level reporting systems.
  • CALPADS Update FLASH #155 (added 13-May-2019)
    Reminder to update student ELAS in CALPADS prior to summative ELPAC testing on May 31.