Fiscal, Demographic, and Performance Data on California’s K-12 Schools

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the data and functionality on this site.

Accountability

Data

Where do we get the data? 

The California Department of Education (CDE) collects, analyzes, and publishes fiscal, demographic, and student performance data from schools, districts, and county offices of education. That's where most of the data on Ed-Data come from. The Ed-Data Partnership does not modify the data received from the CDE. Bond and parcel tax election data are compiled by our Ed-Data partner EdSource.

Where are the rest of the 2015-16 data?

Student enrollment data for 2015-16 are now available in the Demographics section of the Student Profile tab. And 2015-16 teacher salary data can be found under the Staff tab. Other staff, performance, finance, and suspensions/expulsions data for 2015-16 have not yet been released by the CDE. We will post them as soon as possible after they become available. Bond and parcel tax election results for 2015 are expected in February.

Why can't I see financial data in the district comparisons?

Because 2015-16 financial data are not yet available, the financial data elements are not visible in the 2015-16 district comparisons. To compare financial data, please use the year slider bar at the top of the comparisons to go back to a prior year.

image of the slider bar to change the comparison year

 

Where do I find historical data?

If you are looking for data from before the 2009-10 school year, please visit the old Ed-Data website. Note: we are no longer updating the old site with new data.

Currently, graphs on the new Ed-Data site include data back to 2009-10. Graphs display 5-years of data at one time. You can click the arrows in the Years Displayed bar to change the years of data shown in the graph:

Slider bar for changing years displayed

Where are the staffing and teacher salary data?

Staff demographics for schools, districts, counties, and the state are available in the new Staff tab. Click here to go to the state-level staff data. At the district level, you will also find data on teacher salaries and experience. You can drill into many of the graphs for more information - for example, the drop-down just above the "Teachers" graph will enable you to view the data by ethnicity, gender, and full-time equivalents.

Image of Ed-Data tabs with Staff highlighted.

Where do I find test results?

Because California is transitioning to a new assessment system, we are still developing the graphs to display data from the new tests on this site. In the meantime, you can find test results on DataQuest. To learn more about the new assessment system, please see our article, Changes to California's K-12 Education System. Historical data on results from California’s previous Standardized Testing and Accountability System (STAR) can be found on the Classic Ed-Data website.

However, certain performance data are available here: The Performance section on Ed-Data provides graduation and dropout data as well as data from the California fitness tests and, at the high school level, SAT, ACT, and AP exams.

Where are the API data?

During the transition to a new testing and accountability system, the state has discontinued the Academic Performance Index (API). Historical API data can be found on the Classic Ed-Data website. To learn more about changes to California’s accountability system, please our article, Changes to California's K-12 Education System.

Where is the ADA/Enrollment Comparison?

The new Ed-Data website originally included graphs that compared Enrollment to Average Daily Attendance (ADA) as a measure of attendance. However, because the ADA calculation may exclude some charter schools while enrollment includes all charter students, we became concerned that this information could be misleading and create a false impression of a large gap between enrollment and ADA in districts with many charter schools. As a result, the Ed-Data Partnership has decided to withdraw that table from the site.

Why do preschools have no data?

Because of the increasing attention on early childhood education, the Ed-Data Partnership decided to begin including information for preschools, when available, on the Ed-Data website. However, the enrollment data we receive from the California Department of Education only reports K-12 enrollment data. As a result, preschool reports on Ed-Data will have very limited data, such as the address and administrator's name. But we are including them because they do provide some basic information about the school and, in time, we hope more data will become available for these schools.

What do I need to know about the English learner data on Ed-Data?

The state’s public schools serve almost 1.4 million English learners, who account for more than 22 percent of all public school students. English learners (ELs) are students whose primary language—as reported by their parents—is not English and whose district has not reclassified them as fluent English proficient.

On Ed-Data you can find the number of English learners at the state, county, district, and school level; English language acquisition status (i.e., the number of English learners who have been reclassified fluent English Proficient, or RFEP); the top five languages of English learners; and at the district level only, English learners making annual growth target in learning English and English learners attaining English proficiency.

Please keep the following in mind when viewing these charts:

  • English learners: During the transition to the CALPADS student data system, 413 school districts and charter schools failed to certify their EL data in 2010-11. This resulted in a statewide undercount of 405,018 English learners in 2010-11.

  • English Language Acquisition Status: This graph includes the counts and percentages of English learners along with students who have been reclassified fluent English proficient (RFEP) and classified as fluent English proficient (FEP). However, while the percentage of English learners is based on the total enrollment, the RFEP and FEP percentages are based on the number of English learners only. Therefore, RFEP and FEP percentages in the graph should not be compared to the EL percentage. In addition, transitions in the data collection process have resulted in some issues with the RFEP data, and the California Department of Education recently refreshed the data to address those concerns. We hope to update those data soon on Ed-Data. In the meantime, corrected data is available on the DataQuest website.

  • Languages of English learners: Due to space constraints, we only display the top 5 languages of English learners on Ed-Data. The full list of languages spoken by EL students at a school or at the district, county, and state level can be found on DataQuest.

Why are there no Title III accountability data for some districts? 

Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Title III provided supplemental funding to LEAs to help English learners attain English proficiency and meet the state’s academic and content standards. Districts receiving Title III funds were accountable for meeting the Annual Measurable Academic Objectives (AMAO) targets established under the law. Graphs for Title III accountability (English Learners Making Annual Growth Target in Learning English & English Learners Attaining Proficiency) are available on Ed-Data in the Performance section of the Student tab at the district level only.

Some districts with fewer English learners did not qualify for the minimum $10,000 grant on their own, so they formed a consortium with other districts to collectively apply for Title III funds. Data for these consortia are not reported on Ed-Data. In addition, any LEA that did not receive Title III funds will not have these graphs on Ed-Data.

Note: With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the federal Department of Education is no longer holding school districts accountable for meeting AMAO targets, and the California Department of Education will not be providing Title III accountability data after the 2014-15 academic year. After the government establishes new measures to gauge how well districts are preparing their English learners, we will develop new graphs to provide that information on Ed-Data.

Why are some school-level graphs blank?

To protect student privacy, Ed-Data does not display information if there are fewer than 11 students. To know whether data are redacted or simply missing, click “View Table Data” just below the graph. Data that is withheld to protect student privacy will be indicated with “Redacted” in the table.

How can I correct mistakes in the data?

Schools, districts, and county offices of education submit different data collections to the California Department of Education (CDE) throughout the year. We make every effort to try to ensure the data on this site are correct.

The most common mistakes are found in the school or district summary at the top of the page. These include changes to administrator names and website urls as well as the physical address or phone number for a school or district. Because this information comes from official data files at the CDE, it may be that the school or district has not informed the CDE of the new information. You can submit a request to the CDE to update the information via this page. You can also contact the CDS office at: cdsadmin@cde.ca.gov or 916-327-4014.

If you feel you have found an error in the data, please contact us.

 

Functionality

How do I find a school or district?

There are two ways to get to an individual school, district/county office of education, or county on Ed-Data.

  1. Use the menus in the red bar in the middle of the page to select the county, district, and school, then click Go. Note: you can either select the entity from the drop-down list, or simply begin typing the name into the gray box at the top of the list.

    Ed-Data Select a County Dropdown Menu


  2. Use the Search field in the upper right corner of the page to search for a school, district, or county by name. Note: You can also use the Search to find articles and glossary terms.

    Ed-Data Search box

 

Where do I find a county office of education? 

On Ed-Data, county offices of education (COEs) are treated the same as school districts. You can find them under the District menu. Along with school districts and some charter schools, county offices are considered to be a Local Education Agency (LEA) and in the notes and explanations on Ed-Data, we sometimes use "districts" as shorthand to refer to county offices as well. 


How do I get a list of schools?

You can find a list with contact information of all the schools in a district by clicking the “List of Schools” link at the top of the district report. From the county summary, you can get a similar list of districts in the county, and from the state summary you can get a list of all the county offices of education.

Ed-Data State Profile link to a list of counties

How do I get subgroup data?

Many Ed-Data graphs have layers of data. For example, in the enrollment graph, you can "drill in" to view students by race/ethnicity, grade, and school type. On the cohort graduates graph, you can view the data by race/ethnicity, gender, and for English learners and students who are socieoeconomically disadvantaged. Click the drop-down menu just above the graph to see your options. (If there is no drop-down, it means subgroup data are not available for that graph.)

How to use drill-ins for graphs


Where are the performance data?

Student performance graphs are included at the school, district, county, and state levels. Graphs include:

  • English learners making the annual growth target in learning English (only available at the district level)
  • English learners attaining English proficiency (only available at the district level)
  • California High School Exit Exam passing rates for 10th-grade students
  • Cohort graduates
  • Cohort dropouts
  • Graduates meeting UC/CSU course requirements
  • 12th-graders taking the SAT
  • SAT results by subject
  • 12th-graders taking the ACT
  • ACT results
  • Students in the graduating class who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams
  • AP results
  • Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 scoring in the healthy fitness zone on the Physical Fitness Exam
  • Students in grades 5, 7, and 9 found to be at health risk for aerobic capacity and/or body composition on the Physical Fitness Exam

Access these graphs in the "Student Profile" tab by clicking on the "Demographics" bar to close it and then clicking on the "Performance" bar to see the performance graphs.

 Ed-Data Student Profile Performance bar

Where do I find financial data?

Financial charts for each year and five-year trend graphs are available for districts and county offices of education, with aggregates at the state level. These charts and graphs help illustrate what funding was received and how those funds were spent.

Access these charts and graphs by clicking on the "Financial Data" tab on a district, county office of education, or state page.

Ed-Data Financial data tab
 
For more information on navigating through the financial data, please see our help article, Using the Financial Reports on Ed-Data.

Can I get data for all the schools in a district or county without visiting each school’s report?

Our new comparison functionality enables you to generate a report on multiple schools or school districts based on values you select. This includes all the schools within a specified district or county. To learn more about how to use this tool, please see our help article, How to Create District or School Comparisons in Ed-Data.

How can I link to a specific school or district profile on Ed-Data?

We have made it easy to link to a specific school, district, or county profile on Ed-Data. Simply copy the url from your browser and use that as the link. Or, if you want to link to a specific tab or graph in the profile, use the share function within that graph to take people to that spot on the profile.

You can also link to multiple schools, districts, or counties using CDS codes. Please contact us for step-by-step instructions.

How do I know when you release new data?

To receive an email notification when Ed-Data is updated with new information, please sign up for our email list using the subscribe option in the lower right corner of any page. We do not share or sell the emails on our list and will email you only with updates about the information on Ed-Data and, very occasionally, to request your help and input on how we can improve the site.

Still need help?

We welcome your feedback and your questions. Please use the contact form, found at the bottom right corner of any Ed-Data page, to reach out to us.