(Updated as of 03/10/2022)
The following documents provide additional information regarding the operation and data submission requirements of CALPADS:
This is a comprehensive list of the most current defects in CALPADS.
CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) Effective for the 2021–22 Academic Year
This document contains the current code values referenced in the file specifications for the coded value data elements. CALPADS course codes (formerly CBEDS course codes) are included in this document (see the "Course Group State" code set).
This document includes overviews of the file formats, data submission windows, and document conventions.
This spreadsheet provides detailed information about the input file requirements that are used to batch load data into CALPADS.
This document serves to assist LEAs in understanding the extract specifications for CALPADS.
This document lists codes that can only be used in specific combinations in CALPADS.
CALPADS Error List
This document contains descriptions for each error generated when submitting data to CALPADS as well as suggested resolutions.
CALPADS Data Guide
The CALPADS Data Guide provides information for LEAs regarding the data to be submitted to CALPADS. Information in the guide includes guidelines regarding how LEAs should prepare for each submission, as well as information regarding how given data are used. This document is available through the CDE website on the CALPADS System Documentation.
The CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures document provides LEA staff with information about the business rules regarding obtaining Statewide Student Identifiers (SSIDs) for enrolled students. The document also contains information for LEAs regarding the submission and maintenance of student school enrollment and exit data. This document is available through the CDE website on the CALPADS System Documentation.
Retired Course Code Mapping
This document contains a list of state course codes and non-classroom based assignment codes that were retired at the end of 2018-19 and their recommended replacements for the 2019-20 year.
Reporting Data for Students with Disabilities
This document provides the common scenarios for determining which local educational agency (LEA) is responsible for reporting students with disabilities (SWD) data, and which LEA will be held accountable on the Dashboard.
Survey template for surveying the postsecondary status (PSTS) of Career Technical Education (CTE) completers who completed high school in the prior academic year. Most of the data that LEAs collect from this survey will be reported to CALPADS through the new Postsecondary Status File (PSTS) in the CALPADS Fall 2 submission, and will be used to meet federal reporting for Perkins V (formerly E-2 data submission).
Survey template for surveying the postsecondary status (PSTS) of students with disabilities who completed or left high school in the prior academic year. The data submitted to and certified in CALPADS on the PSTS file in EOY 4 for students with disabilities are used to calculate State Performance Plan Indicator (SPPI) 14 – Post School Outcomes. This indicator is one of the measures used to determine the compliance status of each LEA as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and to select LEAs for participation in the Focused Monitoring process.
Career Technical Education
The course definitions in this user’s guide reflect instructional practices and national and state curriculum guidelines for CALPADS reporting as of current academic year.
CDE CALPADS Portal Resources
This is the homepage of the California Department of Education's CALPADS resource page.
This page contains communications related to CALPADS including flash communications, system updates, correspondence, and newsletters.
The Nonpublic Schools and Agencies (NPS/As) spreadsheet contains certification information regarding all of the NPS/As certified by the California Department of Education.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS).
List of frequently asked questions for CALPADS.
Lists frequently asked questions for Federal Standards for Collecting and Reporting Race and Ethnicity Categories.
Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the Local Control Funding Formula.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding California state law relating to kindergarten.
The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) website serves as the portal for resources that a local educational agency (LEA) will need to administer the ELPAC.
This document contains the file layout and data definitions for the 2021–2022 Initial English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) administered by your local educational agency (LEA). LEAs may use it to determine what CALPADS elements may need to be updated when ETS refers them back to CALPADS support.
This document contains guidance on the ELPAC ELAS Status correction process.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Portal.
The Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) is a data collection system to apply for Categorical Program Funding and to report on the use of those funds.
The California School Directory (Directory) contains information about California public schools, private schools (including nonpublic nonsectarian schools), school districts, and county offices of education.
Instructions for submitting changes to County-District-School (CDS) information.
Independent Study Resources (AB 130)
Umbrella page for Independent Study reporting.
An overview of independent study describing the types of programs, key legal requirements, written or master agreements, local board policy, funding, and attendance.
Frequently asked questions and answers pertaining to independent study.
Join the Independent Study listserv to receive program information, including legislative updates, technical assistance and guidance opportunities, resources, and other pertinent materials.
A comprehensive list of basic requirements for operating a legally compliant independent study program.
A PDF version of of the presentation by Brandi Jauregui laying out the CALPADS reporting component of Independent Study reporting in context of AB 130.
CALPADS Quarterly meeting presentation includes topics on independent study students Course and STAS reporting.