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 you 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.

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

Financial data are only available at the district level. 

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?

Data from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, tests can be found in the Performance section of the Student tab. This section also includes results from the California fitness tests. Click hear to learn more about the CAASPP tests.

Picture showing Performance and College and Career Readiness sections of student tab

Data for the SAT/ACT and AP tests as well as cohort graduation and dropout rates and data on graduates completing A-G requirements can be found in the College and Career Readiness section.

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.

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 more than 1.3 million English learners, who account for more than 20 percent of all public school students. English learners 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. You can now also find data for English learners on the CAASPP graphs in the Performance section of the student tab. These graphs present results from the state's Smarter Balanced tests. 

Please keep the following in mind when viewing English learner data on Ed-Data:

  • 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.

  • 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.

Where are the Title III accountability data? 

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. However, With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced NCLB, the federal Department of Education is no longer holding school districts accountable for meeting AMAO targets, and the California Department of Education stopped providing Title III accountability data after the 2014-15 academic year.

As a result, we are removing the Title III accountability data from the district performance section and from comparisons. 

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 are 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. Please also let us know of any corrections to the school contact data so we can change it on Ed-Data.

However we cannot correct data that has been certified through CALPADS for an individual school or district. All such corrections need to be done through CDE and if the department refreshes the data set, we will update the Ed-Data site as well.

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:

  • CAASPP English language arts/literacy test results
  • CAASPP mathematics test results
  • California High School Exit Exam passing rates for 10th-grade students
  • 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

In addition, you will find the following data in the College Readiness section:

  • 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

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 or the college readiness bar to see those graphs.

 image showing performance and college readiness sections

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?

Ed-Data's comparison functionality enables you to generate a report on multiple schools or school districts based on values you select. This can include 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 or watch one of our Ed-Data tour webinar recordings

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 or email ed-data@edsource.org.