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School Grade Span Group Assignment Guidance

Consolidated Application guidance for the School Grade Span Group Assignments, which are used in the School Student Counts data collection.

Grade Span Groups are assigned in consideration of the grade levels offered in a given school. There are 3 groups. Generally, Grade Span Code 1 is for elementary grades, Grade Span Code 2 is for middle grades, and Grade Span Code 3 is for high schools. Grade Span Codes 1, 2 and 3 are the only ones allowable. The table below provides a reference on which Grade Span Group Code to assign a school. If the school's grade levels are not reflected in the table, the local educational agency should exercise its own discretion in assigning the Grade Span Group to the school.

Note: If the grade levels of a school have changed, the district or county, county-district-school (CDS) Coordinators or Superintendents must submit updates through the Online Public Update for Schools – County-District-School (OPUS-CDS) application, which is located on the California Department of Education (CDE) OPUS-CDS web page. For further OPUS-CDS instructions, please follow the link.
Additional Information on Grade-Span Option

The Educational Data Management Division within the CDE has established the following designations of grade spans based upon the grades served by a school.

Grade Span Code 1
Grades Grade Span Code
KK-KK 1
KK-01 1
KK-02 1
KK-03 1
KK-04 1
KK-05 1
KK-06 1
KK-07 1
KK-08 1
01-01 1
01-02 1
01-03 1
01-04 1
01-05 1
01-06 1
01-07 1
01-08 1
02-02 1
02-03 1
02-04 1
02-05 1
02-06 1
02-07 1
02-08 1
03-03 1
03-04 1
03-05 1
03-06 1
03-07 1
03-08 1
04-04 1
04-05 1
04-06 1
04-07 1
05-05 1
05-06 1
06-06 1
Grade Span Code 2
Grades Grade Span Code
KK-09 2
01-09 2
02-09 2
03-09 2
04-08 2
04-09 2
05-07 2
05-08 2
05-09 2
06-07 2
06-08 2
06-09 2
07-07 2
07-08 2
07-09 2
08-08 2
08-09 2
Grade Span Code 3
Grades Grade Span Code
KK-10 3
KK-11 3
KK-12 3
01-10 3
01-11 3
01-12 3
02-10 3
02-11 3
02-12 3
03-10 3
03-11 3
03-12 3
04-10 3
04-11 3
04-12 3
05-10 3
05-11 3
05-12 3
06-10 3
06-11 3
06-12 3
07-10 3
07-11 3
07-12 3
08-10 3
08-11 3
08-12 3
09-09 3
09-10 3
09-11 3
09-12 3
10-10 3
10-11 3
10-12 3
11-11 3
11-12 3
12-12 3
Questions:   ConApp Support Desk | conappsupport@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0297
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, September 19, 2023
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