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CALPADS FALL 2 deadline extended!

 Dear LEA Representatives,

The February 23 CALPADS Fall 2 certification deadline has been suspended. The final Fall 2 certification deadline (the close of the amendment window) remains March 23.

It is important for local educational agencies (LEAs) to certify their Fall 2 data submission on or before March 23, 2018 in order to report their official staff full-time equivalent (FTE), English learner (EL) services, and student course enrollment data.

Because there will be no February 23 deadline, no letters will be sent to superintendents of local educational agencies (LEAs) that do not certify by February 23. LEAs with certification errors should continue to resolve errors as soon as possible in order to focus on reconciling the certification reports.

Please feel free to contact the CALPADS Service Desk if you have any questions or any concerns, or would like any assistance.

You may contact the CALPADS Service Desk by:

1. Submitting a service request ticket to http://www2.cde.ca.gov/calpadshelp/default.aspx

2. E-mailing

3. Calling 916-325-9210

Thank you,


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CALPADS poll - How many accounts do YOU have?

I've created a poll based on a question posted today in one of the CALPADS forums.  You must be logged in to vote!  See image below for how to access poll. 

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CALPADS Fall 1 Deadline Postponed!

Editor's note:  This just came across the CSIS listserv:

Dear LEA Representative:

We have determined the recent slowdown in CALPADS is due to sheer volume in the last week of the deadline. We were not able to get more LEAs certified earlier and reduce the load on the system prior to the deadline. As of Monday, 12/11/2017 only 50% of the 1,906 LEAs in the state had certified Fall 1. While we work to encourage LEAs to certify throughout the submission window we were unsuccessful to encourage more to complete sooner. So, due to this high volume causing extreme slowness with rendering reports and related screens, and the closure of some number of districts due to fires, the 2017 Fall 1 certification deadline has been extended to Friday, December 22, 2017.

Thank you,


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EdSource releases map of homeless student rates in CA schools

This is a truly fascinating use of "big data."   Kudos to Daniel Willis over at EdSource for creating a map that highlights where student homelessness is greatest throughout the state.  You can see the map here at this link:  https://edsource.org/2017/california-map-shows-hot-spots-of-homeless-students/588165.  To my memory this is the first time I have seen an actual "heat map" of the geographical locations where student homelessness is more pervasive than other areas.  Hopefully with the LCFF process additional resources will flow to these students and these schools to have a positive impact on their learning and continuity of educational services.  This is just one example of how the state's data system, CALPADS, can produce updated and actionable information to Calfornia educators and decision makers.

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Happy Census Day!

Census Day is the one day within the Academic Year on which an official enrollment count is taken. For the Fall Calpads data collection, Census Day is the first Wednesday in October. Students who are enrolled in a particular school on this day are counted in various ways towards overall enrollment and additional considerations.
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CALPADS Flash #130, Oct 3, 2017


The California Department of Education (CDE) would first like to thank local educational agencies (LEAs) for their dedication and hard work in certifying the 2016–17 End-of- Year (EOY) submissions. LEAs are to be congratulated for meeting the challenge of submitting student absence summary data for the first time and certifying all EOY submissions in August.

The CDE also recognizes that the school year has already started and LEAs are busy enrolling students and scheduling them into classes. The CDE has sent Superintendents and Charter School Administrators the annual Back-to-School letter for data collections, and in that letter we emphasize the importance of executive leadership supporting the mission critical work that you do. You can view this letter, dated September 6, 2017, on the CDE CALPADS Communications Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/communications.asp under the "Letters to Superintendents" heading. Additionally, here is a direct link to the letter: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/yr1718databts.asp.


The Fall 1 certification deadline is December 15, 2017. LEAs should set internal deadlines to ensure their submission is certified on time. The table below provides a suggested timeline that LEAs may use to help them meet the Fall 1 Certification deadline.

​Dates ​Activity
​Now Run the security report in CALPADS (under Admin > User Security, which is only available using the LEA Admin account) to determine if any accounts need to be revoked.  Remove the Anomaly Contact role from an account before it is revoked.  Make sure your anomaly contact is current.  Update CALPADS 2016–17 enrollment records with enrollment end dates.  
​NowUpdate CALPADS 2016–17 enrollment records with enrollment end dates.         
​No Later than October 4th, 2017 Complete Fall 1 data population in local student information system. ​
​ No later than October 27, 2017 ​Upload Student Enrollment (SENR) and Student Program (SPRG) files.  Update students' Student English Language Acquisition Status (ELAS) using the Student English Language Acquisition (SELA) file for students who have had a change in their status.  Review validation errors.  Reconcile data as needed. 
​ No later than November 3, 2017 ​ Post SENR, SINF, SPRG, and SELA files.
​ November 6 – 17, 2017  ​ Review reports.  Reconcile data in reports as needed. 
​ November 20 – December 1, 2017 ​ Send reports to site leaders for approval.
​ December 4 – 15, 2017  ​ Certify Fall 1 data (Level 1 and Level 2).

Fall 1 snapshot reports will begin running in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 4, and all LEAs should have a snapshot revision by Thursday morning, October 5, at the latest.

LEAs are reminded to indicate which 2016–2017 graduates met the Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and the Seal of Biliteracy. These new indicators will be displayed on reports 1.9, 1.10, 1.11, and 8.1a.

Input Validation Rule (IVR) SENR0269 severity was changed to a warning on October 3, 2017. LEAs are advised to carefully review any SENR0269 warning, as it is essential that enrollment grade levels are within the school's grade span.


Registration is currently open for the CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM) scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, 2017. The meeting will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and will be streamed over the Internet to individual participants. There will be no physical locations for the meeting. If you plan to attend, please register at least 24 hours prior to the meeting on the CSIS October 17, 2017 CALPADS Information Meeting Web page at http://csis.fcmat.org/Pages/October-17-2017-CALPADS-Information- Meeting.aspx. If you will be watching the CIM with others from your organization, please register only one individual. Instructions for joining the meeting will be emailed to those who register in advance of the meeting. There is no cost to participate.

The meeting agenda is also available via the meeting link. The agenda includes a review of the upcoming Fall 1 and Fall 2 submissions as well as updates on Assessment and Accountability. Although attendance is optional, CALPADS administrators and other staff working on CALPADS are encouraged to attend.

Presentation materials will be posted on the October 17, 2017 CIM Meeting Web page (the link provided above) by October 16, 2017. For those unable to attend, a video of the meeting will be posted within a couple of weeks after the meeting. 

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(Editor's Note:  I copied this directly from the PDF file that was distributed on the listserv.  A few folks were having issues with the attachment not coming through, so here is the raw text:)

California Department of Education – CALPADS Team and Special Education Division



Per the CALPADS Update Flash #129 that was released on July 21, 2017, the final August 11th EOY certification deadline (the close of the amendment window) for EOY 1, 2, and 3 has been moved to August 25th, in order to accommodate a defect fix. Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) should work with district CALPADS administrators to ensure that all discipline reports in the EOY 3 submission have been reviewed prior to the August 25th certification date. The certification deadline for the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) suspension data (formerly Table C) has also been extended to August 25th. All other submissions for CASEMIS (Tables A and B) still have a certification deadline of August 11th.


When is it appropriate for LEAs to populate the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record (Education Program Code 144 – Special Education)?

 The only circumstance in which the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record should be populated is when the student exits special education for one of the following reasons:

o Student was determined to be no longer eligible for services; o Student completed high school;
o Student aged out of the program (on 23rd birthday);
o Student dropped out of school;

o Student transferred out of state or out of the country; o Student died;
o Parent withdrew the student from special education; o Student received a special education waiver;

o No parental consent was given for an infant to be evaluated for Individualized Education Plan (IEP) services.

 It is NOT appropriate to populate the Education Program End Date for a Special Education Program record in any of the following scenarios:

o Routine year-end program record exits in CALPADS;
o To reflect changes from one primary disability to another;
o When the student transfers to another California public school or district.

How should Special Education Program records be reported for a student who was eligible for special education services, subsequently exits the program and then, after a period of time, is once again determined to be eligible for services?

 First, LEAs must ensure that the original Special Education Program record reflecting the Special Education Initial Entry Date (Education Program Start Date field) and the Special Education Program Exit Date (Education Program End Date field) are in CALPADS. If the record is not in CALPADS, then the record should be submitted.

Then, in order to reflect the subsequent determination that the student is eligible for services, a subsequent Special Education Program record should be submitted reflecting the new eligibility determination date (IEP meeting date) in the Education Program Start Date field. The Education Program End Date field should be null.


The California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division will be conducting its annual "Fall CASEMIS Roadshows" beginning in October 2017. Special Education and CALPADS staff will update local educational agencies on upcoming changes in CASEMIS for December 2018, as well as debut some of the data validations that will be required when CASEMIS is transitioned into CALPADS. The proposed dates and locations of these roadshows are listed below. The exact times, addresses, and registration information will be finalized and sent out in the September C2C newsletter. Please save these dates on your calendars.

October 9, 2017, San Diego, CA, San Diego COE
October 11, 2017, Santa Clara COE
October 12, 2017, Sonoma COE
October 13, 2017, Sacramento, CA, Sacramento COE
October 16, 2017, Saddleback USD
October 20, 2017, El Cajon
October 26, 2017, Desert Mountain SELPA
October 27, 2017, Ventura County SELPA
November 9, 2017, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles COE 
Contact Us Special Education Division Amanvir Sahota (916) 327-1022 CALPADS Office Sotain Fisher (916) 327-0210 

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CALPADS End-of-Year for Beginners

Hot off the digital press!  CALPADS EOY for Beginners.  A ~30 minute video that explains the CALPADS End of Year process for newbies. 

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CALPADS Flash #127


To implement best practices and enhance overall CALPADS security, the process for authorizing CALPADS LEA Administrators has been modified. If the CALPADS Administrator application on file at the California Department of Education (CDE) is over one year old, a new application is now required upon an LEA Administrator account password reset request. This process will continue until the completion of the 2017–18 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission, and will not begin this August as stated in the April 2017 CALPADS Information Meeting. A new process will begin with the rollout of the changes to the CALPADS security model and upgraded user interface. More information on the new process will be provided in the future.

Key Points Regarding CALPADS User Accounts

In order to help expedite processing the password reset for a CALPADS LEA Administrator account, here are some key points to remember:

  • If you are the CALPADS LEA Administrator, log on to your LEA Administrator account regularly to ensure that it stays active, allowing you to easily manage all local LEA and/or school level accounts.
  • To request a CALPADS LEA Administrator Application, contact the CALPADS Service Desk by e-mail at or by phone at
    916-325-9210. Your request should include:
    • Your User ID.
    • Your LEA's full 14-digit County-District-School (CDS) code.
  • Do not include your password in any e-mail or service desk request.
  • When you submit the application, be sure that it is filled out accurately and completely, making sure that:
    • Signatures are visible.
    • The date on the application is less than one year old (do not send in old applications).
    • A security question and answer is included.
    • The CDS code is included.

In addition, remember the following:

  • Notify the CALPADS Service Desk when your CALPADS LEA Administrator is no longer in that role, so that we can revoke their account.
  • Request a new CALPADS LEA Administrator application from the CALPADS Service Desk when your e-mail address changes.
  • For multi-LEA accounts, complete a separate application for each LEA included in the account.

Remember: If you have an LEA or School account, contact your CALPADS LEA Administrator to reset your password. Please do not send these requests to the CALPADS Service Desk, because they will be returned, further delaying the reset of a password.


The 2016–17 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission window opened on May 15, 2017. Local educational agencies (LEAs) are expected to certify all EOY submissions that are displayed on the certification screen, even if the counts are zero (e.g., a K–8 elementary LEA that does not offer departmentalized courses should still certify EOY 1). The certification deadline is Monday, July 31, 2017, and the amendment window closes on Friday, August 11, 2017.

LEAs are strongly encouraged to start on the EOY submissions immediately and not wait until school is out to begin file uploads to CALPADS. All of the EOY submissions use a reporting period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. It is to an LEA's advantage to begin the upload process now, prior to school ending, because doing so can provide reports to help LEAs resolve data problems before staff leave for the summer. Once school ends, LEAs will need to re-upload the files, but the reconciliation process should be much faster because the majority of issues would have already been resolved.

The following suggested dates will help keep LEAs on track to certify on time. Be sure to adjust the dates if schools or offices close earlier for summer.

  • Now – Complete Student Information System (SIS) data population.
  • June 16 – Upload files and correct errors or discrepancies as needed.
  • June 30 – Review certification reports, correct errors, and fix discrepancies.
  • July 14 – Distribute reports for review and approval.
  • July 31 – Certify.
CHANGES TO EOY 1 – CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATIONChange in Definition of Code 154 – Career Technical Education

To identify CTE courses as eligible for Carl Perkins or CTE Incentive Grant (CTEIG) funding, LEAs must populate Field 9.10 (CRS-Course Content Code) in the CALPADS Course Section Completion (CRSC) file with a code of 154 – Career Technical Education. Courses populated with a code of 154 must be:

  • Part of a course sequence that meets the CTE Pathway Standards.
  • Taught by an appropriately credentialed CTE teacher.
  • Used only for specific academic courses that have been identified as courses that would be logical parts of a CTE course sequence. For a list of the allowable courses, refer to the CALPADS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Career Technical Education (EOY) Topics, which are posted on the CDE CALPADS FAQ Web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/faq.asp.

Field 9.10 should be left BLANK for any CTE courses that do not meet the above criteria.

Field Number

Data Element Name

Coded Value/Name

Code Definition


CRS-Course Content Code

154 – Career Technical Education

The course content is related to an approved Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway (as per the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards) and is taught by a teacher who is appropriately authorized through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to teach in a specific CTE industry sector.

Credentialing Requirements for Teaching CTE Courses

Teachers teaching CTE courses are required to either 1) hold a preliminary or clear Designated Subjects Career Technical Education Teaching Credential for a specific industry sector; or 2) hold a Single Subject Credential in a specific subject, which authorizes them to teach in specific industry sectors.

For more information on the specific requirements for the preliminary and clear Designated Subjects Credentials, please refer to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Credentials Leaflet 888 (CL-888) available on this California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Web page: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl888.pdf.

See the table below for allowable Single Subject Credentials:

These credentials:

...Are allowed to teach courses in these industry sectors:

Agriculture Education AND Agriculture Specialist

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources

Business Education

  • Business and Finance
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Marketing, Sales, and Services

Home Economics

  • Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation

Industrial Arts

  • Building and Construction Trades
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Transportation

Industrial Technology Education

  • Building and Construction Trades
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Information and Communications Technologies
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Transportation
CTE Report Changes
  • Non-concentrator student counts will now only be counted at the industry sector level in a separate report.
  • CTE reports will have a filter that allows LEAs to see courses considered "Perkins or CTEIG Fundable" (flagged with code 154) including Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCP) courses and those that are not.
  • Concentrator and completer snapshot reports (3.14, 3.15) will now reflect student counts by pathway based on the pathway submitted in the Student Career Technical Education (SCTE) file and not based on the course they completed in the Course Section Completion (CRSC) file.
  • New snapshot reports (aggregate and student detail list) will be created equivalent to snapshot reports 3.14 and 3.15 for Non-Concentrator CTE Participants.
  • For EOY 2016–2017 Report C/A 3.14 will be disabled. This report will be re-activated for EOY 2017–2018 and modified to only include Concentrators/Completers and a new C/A report will be created to only include Non-Concentrators.
REMINDERS FOR EOY 2 – PROGRAM PARTICIPATIONEnsuring Correct Submission of Homeless Student Data in CALPADS

The accurate reporting of homeless students is important because it helps to generate funding for California to address the homeless issue. To ensure accurate reporting of homeless students, CALPADS LEA Administrators and district homeless liaisons should work together to ensure that data for all students who were homeless in the 2016–2017 academic year are reported. This means that a Student Program (SPRG) record must be submitted with dates that overlap the 2016–2017 academic year for each homeless student. After updating the information, LEAs should review certification report 5.4 - Homeless Students Enrolled - Unduplicated Count by School and supporting report 5.5 - Homeless Student List to ensure that the counts look accurate prior to certifying the data.

If you do not know who your LEA's homeless liaison is, a list of homeless education liaisons can be found on the CDE Homeless Education Web page at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/hs/.

Updating Title I, Part A School-wide Status

LEAs are required to certify a school's Title I status in the Consolidated and Application Reporting System (CARS) as part of the Title I, Part A Notification of Authorization of Schoolwide Program data collection. A school's Title I status is certified as either Targeted Assisted Status (TAS) or Schoolwide Program (SWP). This information is loaded in CALPADS and is used to pre-populate information on Certification Report 5.1 – Program Participants – Count.

CALPADS has been updated with data from LEAs that have certified these data in CARS as of May 16, 2017. For LEAs that have not certified these data in CARS, CALPADS will reflect the school's status as TAS. In order to certify accurate data in EOY 2, LEAs receiving Title I, Part A funding should review their 2016–17 data in CARS as soon as possible, so that CALPADS reflects the correct Title I, Part A funding and TAS/SWP status for each school.CALPADS will be updated with CARS data on a weekly basis beginning Friday, May 19, 2017.

CHANGES TO EOY 3 – STUDENT DISCIPLINECollection of Attendance Data for Chronic Absenteeism Summary

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to report chronic absenteeism rates for schools (Section 1111(h)(1)(C)(viii) of the ESSA). To meet this requirement, LEAs will be required to submit attendance data to CALPADS through a new file type, Student Absence Summary (STAS), in order for the state to calculate chronic absenteeism rates on a student-level basis. The State Board of Education is also considering chronic absenteeism as one of the indicators for state and federal accountability.

The STAS data will be required for the first time as part of the 2016–17 End-of-Year (EOY) 3 - Student Discipline data submission. As part of EOY 3, LEAs will also be required to certify a cumulative enrollment count that is automatically calculated from the enrollment records posted in CALPADS.

Please note that the absenteeism data collected through CALPADS will not replace the average daily attendance (ADA) data submitted to the CDE for purposes of funding the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), or other programs funded based on ADA, although to the extent possible, the same definitions will be used so that LEAs may utilize the data that they already collect.

The CALPADS team is providing a special training course, STAS Data Population, to help LEAs prepare for the reporting of STAS data. The course reviews the data elements, validation rules, reports, and certification components. Visit the FCMAT/CSIS Training Web page at http://csis.fcmat.org/Pages/Trainings.aspx for the training schedule and to register if you have not already taken this course.

Clarification of Days Attended (13.16) FieldAs stated in the CALPADS File Specifications v8.6, Days Attended are the total number of days the student attended the school. Days Attended does not include days a student was absent due to an out-of-school suspension. Please note, Days Attended includes the days a student attended in-school suspension even though days in attendance in in-school suspension is reported separately in the Days in Attendance In-School Suspension (13.18) Field. Users have been receiving a STAS0318 (Invalid Total Absences and Days Attended) error for records where Days Attended does not already include Days in Attendance In-School Suspension. Days in Attendance In-School Suspension is not included in the total Absences as part of this validation.

Please ensure that your SIS is reporting the Days Attended (13.16) field correctly to CALPADS.


A letter dated May 5, 2017 was sent to Superintendents and Charter School Administrators highlighting the important areas of focus during the EOY data submission to CALPADS, as well as highlighting important changes for the 2017–18 reporting year. In particular, this letter highlights the use of the EOY data in the California School Dashboard (Dashboard) and the first-time collection of chronic absenteeism. This letter was also sent to CALPADS Administrators and is now posted on the CDE CALPADS Communications Webpage (under the Letters to Superintendents heading) at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/communications.asp.

The letter strongly urges Superintendents and Charter School Administrators to allocate sufficient staff resources to the timely and accurate submission and certification of these data now and in future years. The letter stresses that it is particularly important for LEAs to review these data for accuracy prior to certification, because once the EOY amendment window closes, LEAs will not receive another opportunity to decertify, correct, and recertify these data.


CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office | | 916-324-6738 

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CA Accountability Coordinators Update for May 24, 2017

(Editor's Note - From an email distributed today to all CA Accountablity Coordinators)

Dear Accountability Coordinators: 

The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you of two important notifications announcing the opening of the 2016–17 End-of-Year (EOY) data submission to the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). 

These notifications are attached and are also available online on the California Department of Education’s Web site at: 2016–17 Data Collections: 

Mid-Year Update (May 5, 2017 Letter to Superintendents and Charter Administrators): http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/data1617midyearupdate.asp 

CALPADS Update FLASH #127:


We strongly urge accountability coordinators to review these notices since the EOY data submission includes data that will be used for state indicators reported in the Fall 2017 Dashboard. These notices also reference data submission for chronic absenteeism. 

Please note that no decisions have been made to the calculation formula or to the exact information that will be reported in the Fall 2017 Dashboard. Once these decisions have been made for chronic absenteeism, we will notify accountability coordinators. 

Because local educational agencies (LEAs) will not receive another opportunity to correct these data once the EOY amendment window closes on Friday, August 11, 2017, accountability coordinators may wish to work with their CALPADS LEA Administrator(s) and appropriate staff prior to the window closing. If you have any questions regarding these two notifications, please contact the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office by e-mail at .

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​(Editor's Note:  from an email sent to the CSIS listserv and forwarded to me to post - Chris)

To: Local Educational Agency Representatives

From: California Department of Education – CALPADS Team and Career Technical Education Administration and Management Office

Date: May 23, 2017


The CALPADS Team and Career Technical Education Administration and Management Office will be offering several workshops throughout the state beginning the second week in June. These workshops will focus primarily on course mapping for the 2017 – 18 academic year.


Title: Mapping Local CTE Courses to the New CALPADS State Course Codes: A Hands-On Workshop

Description: This three-hour workshop is a hands-on, interactive session where participants will be provided a template in advance of the workshop that allows them to pre-populate their local CTE courses for the 2017–18 academic year, then work directly with California Department of Education (CDE) staff to identify the appropriate pathway/sub-pathway and new State Course Code for the local CTE course.

Who Should Attend: This workshop is intended for district and school-level staff at the LEA that have a knowledge of local CTE course content and sequences as well as those individuals that are responsible for creating these courses in the master schedule.

How to Register: Please see each specific date below for registration information. Space in each session is limited.

Available Dates:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Sacramento County Office of Education

Conference Center – Rooms X and Z

3661 Whitehead St, Mather, CA 95655

Register online at: https://goo.gl/forms/Z9rZ2gcysaFzhMMt1

Contact: Raelynn Sharp -

Wednesday, June 14. 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Shasta County Office of Education

Professional Development Center

2985 Innsbruck Dr., Redding, CA 96003

Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/calpads-training-tickets-34579220379

Contact information: Kimberly Ann Greene:

Thursday, June 15, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) Clovis

2555 Clovis Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

Register online at http://fresno.k12oms.org/128-132500

Contact: Valerie Vuicich -

Thursday, June 22, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Sonoma County Office of Education

5340 Skylane Blvd, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Register online at: http://www.scoe.org/pub/htdocs/class.html?class_id=6962

Contact: Robin Horwinski -

Friday, June 23, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Santa Clara County Office of Education

1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA

Register online at: http://santaclara.k12oms.org/207-132577

Contact: Sujatha Ranganathan - , Sandra Fakaosi – , or Kevran Day –

Friday, June 23, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Alameda County Office of Education

313 W. Winton, Hayward, CA

Register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mapping-local-cte-courses-to-calpads-state-course-codes-hands-on-workshop-tickets-34694762970

Contact: Paula Carmosino –

Monday, June 26, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Escondido Union High School District,

Board Room,

302 N. Midway Drive

Escondido, CA 92027

Register online at: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/43-132083

Contact: Kit Alvarez -

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Orange County Department of Education

200 Kalmus Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Room D1001-2-3

Register online at: http://ocde.k12oms.org/1247-132207

Contact: Meghan Gharib -

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

41000 Bob Hope Dr, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Register online at: https://sbcss.k12oms.org/43-132073

Contact: Kit Alvarez -

Thursday, June 29, 2017 – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Los Angeles County Office of Education, Conference Center

9300 Imperial Hwy, Downey, CA 90242

Register online at: https://asm.lacoe.edu/asm/registration.pl?run_mode=create&workshop=79

Contact: Rosa Valdez -

If you have specific questions on a training, contact the site coordinator (listed above). For general questions, please contact Carolyn Zachry in the Career Technical Education Administration and Management Office (), Michelle McIntosh in the Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office (), or Brandi Jauregui in the CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office ().

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(Editor's Note:  From an email from the CASEMIS listserv from earlier this week -Thanks Rose!)

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:


In the spring of 2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) began a process to align data collection processes for students with disabilities in California. This process ensures student data are accurate for the purposes of both monitoring and accountability, as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In 2015–16, the collection of discipline (suspension and expulsion) data for students with disabilities was transitioned from Table C of the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) into the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) End-of-Year (EOY) 3 data submission (see the CALPADS Calendar at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/rptcalendar.asp for more information about the EOY 3 submission).

The process for submitting data for the CALPADS EOY 3 submission requires certification by a superintendent-level staff person (or designee) for each local educational agency (LEA) or independently reporting charter (IRC) school. Under state law (California Education Code [EC] 56601) all data for students with disabilities are reported by the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). To meet this requirement, the discipline data for students with disabilities, once submitted in CASEMIS, now submitted in CALPADS, must be reviewed and certified by the SELPA. Because the CALPADS reports do not currently aggregate data by SELPA, SELPAs must work with LEAs to validate data in CALPADS are accurate.

In order to ensure discipline data for students with disabilities undergo a comprehensive review by SELPA staff prior to certification, it is necessary for LEAs, IRCs, and their associated SELPAs to develop a local discipline data review process to review and certify the following reports in CALPADS for the EOY 3 data submission:

 7.1 - Discipline Incidents – Count by Most Severe Offense

 7.3 - Discipline Actions – Count

 7.4 - Discipline Actions – Count by Offense

 7.6 - Discipline Actions – Persistently Dangerous Offense Expulsions

 *7.7 - Discipline Removals for Students with Disabilities – Count

 *7.8 - Unilateral Removals for Students with Disabilities – Count

 *7.9 - Discipline Removals for Students with Disabilities – Student List

*These reports only contain discipline data for students with disabilities. All other reports contain discipline data for all students (including students with disabilities). May 15, 2017 Page 2

The Special Education and Educational Data Management Divisions strongly encourage Superintendents and Charter School Administrators to authorize their CALPADS LEA Administrators to provide access to these certification reports (and associated supporting reports) to the SELPA-level staff for review through one of the following methods (in order by best practices):

1. Provide SELPA-level staff with a CALPADS LEA-level account. When creating the account, the account should be assigned the following role through the User Security screen:

o Reports>Discipline

2. Provide electronic copies of certification reports through a secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). Email is not recommended unless the LEA has a data encryption process; or

3. Provide paper copies of certification reports (only to the individuals specifically authorized to review and certify them). This is the least preferred method.

Once access has been provided, LEAs and SELPAs should develop a data review process including roles and responsibilities for special education, CALPADS, and administrators, as well as, a timeline including critical deadlines.

LEAs can start reviewing these reports beginning May 15, 2017; with the initial deadline to certify reports in CALPADS July 31, 2017. There is a brief window to amend data before the final certification date of August 11, 2017. We recognize many of your staff will be on summer break so it is critical LEAs and SELPAs begin developing this process now.

For additional questions or comments, please contact Shiyloh Duncan-Becerril, Education Administrator I, Special Education Division, by email at or Karen Almquist, Education Administrator I, CALPADS/CBEDS/CDS Operations Office, by email at . 

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CALPADS System Documentation: Updates!

Coinciding with the May 9, 2017 CALPADS release, the following documents have been updated and are posted on the CDE CALPADS Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/calpads, under the System Documentation 

        • CALPADS File Specifications (v8.6) 
        • CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) 
        • CALPADS Error List (v8.9) 
        • CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6)
        • CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) 

CALPADS File Specifications v8.6 

CALPADS Code Sets (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Code Sets document is provided in Microsoft Excel format and contains the current code values referenced in the CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) for the coded value data elements. The Code Sets document includes the Code Set Name, Coded Value, Name, and Description for each code value in the table. 

CALPADS File Specifications (v8.6) 

The CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) document includes an overview of the CALPADS file formats, an overview of the CALPADS data submission windows, a description of the document conventions, and a detailed outline of all CALPADS file formats. 

CALPADS File Specifications (Forms) (v8.6) 

The CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) Forms document contains the CFS file formats. This document is provided in Microsoft Excel format. CALPADS Extract Specifications (v8.6) The CALPADS Extract Specifications document is intended to assist local educational agency (LEA) staff in understanding the extract specifications of each of the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) extracts. The following extract types are described in detail: ODS, SSID, Candidate List, Replacement SSID, Rejected Records, Direct Certification, Suspense Resolution, and Assessment Results. 

CALPADS Valid Code Combinations (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Valid Code Combinations document is in Microsoft Excel format and defines the valid combinations between two or more code sets. 

CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) 

The CALPADS User Manual (v8.5) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. This document includes detailed information regarding how to use CALPADS, how to submit data, and how the system works. This document is also available within CALPADS under the Help menu. 

CALPADS Error List (v8.9) 

The CALPADS Error List (v8.9) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. This document provides a comprehensive list of errors for the SSID Enrollment (SENR), Student Information (SINF), Student Program (SPRG), Student English Language Acquisition (SELA), Student Discipline (SDIS), Student Waivers (SWAV), Staff Demographics (SDEM), Staff Assignment (SASS), Course Section (CRSE/CRSC), Student Course Section (SCSE/SCSC), Student Career Technical Education (SCTE) files, Multiple Identifier (MID) Errors, in addition to certification errors (Fall 1, Fall 2, End-of-Year [EOY] 1, EOY 2, EOY 3, and EOY 4) and Miscellaneous errors. Included in each list is the Error #, Error Name, Error Description, Level of Severity, Fields Validated, and Suggested Resolution as part of each error. A Release History section is included within this document to assist in locating the revisions in the current and prior releases. 

CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6) 

The CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures (v8.6) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. The purpose of this document is to provide LEAs with direction and guidance on data submission practices and business rules for submitting, updating, and maintaining high quality data in the CALPADS. The CALPADS SSID and Enrollment Procedures reflects CALPADS as currently operating and will be updated as necessary to reflect system changes. A Revision History section has been included to help identify revisions to future releases. 

CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) 

The CALPADS Data Guide (v8.6) is located on the CDE CALPADS Web page under the System Documentation link. The purpose of this guide is to prepare local educational agency staff – staff who are responsible for data that are collected and maintained in local systems, such as student information, food service, special education, and human resources systems – for submission of required CALPADS data. The CALPADS Data Guide is structured to meet the needs of different LEA staff, and it is not expected that all staff will need to read the entire document. To support the intent of this guide to accommodate users with different needs, some redundancy of information exists within each chapter, allowing each chapter to stand alone. The CALPADS Data Guide reflects CALPADS as currently operating and will be updated as necessary to reflect system changes. 

These new/updated versions of the CALPADS System Documentation supersede previous versions of these documents.

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Changes to CALPADS SENR file hit May 9th, 2017

From an email sent by CALPADS on May 2, 2017:

Dear LEA Representative, 

The Student Enrollment (SENR) file format will change on May 9, 2017. 

LEAs should complete all SENR transactions by close of business on May 8, 2017. The collection of two new data elements for high school graduates, Golden State Seal Merit Diploma and State Seal of Bi-literacy, will be added to the SENR file type on May 9, 2017. 

All SENR batch jobs in the queue that have not been fully posted will be changed to an "Excluded" status. The LEAs will not be able to take action on the "Excluded" transactions, nor will they be able to download SSID Extracts. LEAs will need to work with their student information system (SIS) vendor to make sure they have the ability to generate the new SENR extract that includes the two new fields in order to continue to obtain SSIDs and update enrollment records in CALPADS.

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CALPADS Fall 2 Deadline Update from CSIS

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators and Local Educational Agency (LEA) representatives:


This is a reminder that the certification deadline Fall 2 data submission is March 3, 2017.

The Fall 2 amendment window closes on March 31, 2017.


The CDE recognizes that CALPADS system constraints and flooding evacuations have impacted many LEAs. For LEAs that do not certify by the March 3 deadline, there will be no letter sent to superintendents and charter school administrators advising of a missed deadline. Additionally, missing the March 3 deadline will not affect the Data Recognition Awards for LEAs that do not certify by March 3. In other words, the CDE shall forego the requirement to certify by March 3 in order to be eligible for the Data Recognition Awards.

Source:  Email sent on Feb 24th, 2017 via <>

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CALPADS Fall 2 for Beginners!

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Civil Rights Data Collection Window for 2017

We are pleased to announce that beginning on February 10th, 2017 the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) submission system for the 2015–16 school year will open to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).  To ensure system performance is maintained, the 2015–16 CRDC will have staggered open and close dates based on region. The open and close dates, and states associated with each region, are listed below.  Each region has the standard 75 calendar days from their assigned open date to submit data.

Phase 3: West Coast (Including Mountain, Alaska, and Hawaii) LEAs: Opening February 10, 2017 and closing April 28, 2017

States included in this region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY

The submission system will open to a select number of State Educational Agencies (SEAs) that are assisting their LEAs with the 2015–16 school year data submission on January 17, 2017.  Participating SEAs and LEAs have been notified.

On the day of your assigned submission open date, all identified Superintendents, Primary Points of Contact and Alternate Points of Contact will receive an email containing their username and web link to verify their account and create a password in the CRDC submission system.  

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There are 4 CALPADS listservs (who knew!)

There are four unique listservs that disseminate info about CALPADS.  One is maintained by CSIS/FCMAT and serves as a Q & A forum for day-to-day users.  The other three are "one-way" messaging systems and do not accept replies.  A list of these and their intended audiences and access instructions is below:

"CALPADS" listservs Intended Audience Access Instructions 

1.  "CSIS-LS"

Lot's of back-and-forth messages from CALPADS Coordinators

Individuals who work on a daily basis with all aspects of the system, including preparing data for upload, working with various SIS systems, resolving errors, and validating/verifying data.  The group is open to all local school district CALPADS administrators and usually has around 200 active participants.  This is a lively back-and-forth discussion forum with roughly 25 to 50 email messages going back and forth each day.  It is advisable to use a secondary email account just for this listserv or to create some rules within your email filter to sort these messages into their own folder.  https://csis.fcmat.org/Pages/Listserv.aspx


Only official information

According to the CDE website, "The CALPADS-LEA listserv is a private listserv restricted to LEAs. All requests for membership will be reviewed before approval is granted."  This is one of the official channels in which "Flash" updates from CDE regarding CALPADS is disseminated.  Generally anyone who is the LEA CALPADS Coordinator should be on this list to receive deadline information, product improvement updates, known issues updates, and new data requirement updates.  

(Note to CDE - Since this is official information already posted on the CDE site, and not priviliged info in any way, it might make sense to open access of this list up a bit too!  That way we can assign a unique email address to it (e.g. ) and then route this critically important info to all necessary parties at our schools.


Only official information

"The CALPADS-SIS-VENDORS listserv provides information relevant to the development and implementation of CALPADS to Student Information System (SIS) vendors and LEAs utilizing custom-designed SISs. This listserv is an open listserv with no membership restrictions." This listserv provides an opportunity to understand how changes in the CALPADS system may impact your student information system (e.g. Aeries, PowerSchool, Infinite Campus, Illuminate SIS, and others).  There is usually a monthly vendor conference call as well, that is usually attended by representatives of those companies (when it hasn't been cancelled).  



Only official information

"The CASEMIS-TO-CALPADS listserv disseminates information to LEAs regarding the transition from the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS) to CALPADS. This listserv is an open listserv with no membership restrictions. "  Since the CASEMIS data is scheduled to "morph" into CALPADS at some point in the 2019-2020 time-frame, it would make sense for Special Education leaders and CALPADS Coordinators to participate in this listserv in order to anticipate these changes in how SPed data is captured, stored, and reported. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/listservs.asp
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Simona Vendoré
What about the other CDE listservs? For nutrition, assessment, etc.?
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:02
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So, the Fall 1 CALPADS deadline is when ???

Still don't have a revised date for the Fall 1 CALPADS cert.  Hang in there everybody!  

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David Rickling
New Deadline is December 16th, 2016
Saturday, 03 December 2016 12:47
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Aeries Data Entry Guide (2015)

We just posted a wonderful resource sent to us from Redding School District. If you are an Aeries SIS user you will find this data entry guide extremely valuable. And if you don't use Aeries - we need whatever publicly sharable documents you have! (Please no proprietary vendor documents unless they are specifically in the public domain). Registered members of this site can "Add a File" by choosing that link from their "USER" menu. Documents are reviewed to make sure they fit with the document sharing policy of the site and then published in an appropriate category.

Check the downloads area.  It's posted under the "CALPADS" section.  Remember to log in first!Redding USD School Logo open book pages

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