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

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  • About California's Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS)

    This article explains California's statewide student data system, its background, purpose, and future enhancements.
  • About fund accounting

    California school districts use a system called "fund accounting." All revenues and expenditures are placed in one of several funds.
  • About SACS

    In the 1990s, the California Department of Education (CDE) began implementing a new way for school districts to report their revenues and expenditures.
  • Adequate Yearly Progress under NCLB

    Federal support for the education of disadvantaged students greatly expanded in 1965 with the passage the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
  • Articles and Explanations

    Articles and explanations that provide context for the data on this site and help for navigating and using Ed-Data.
  • California Lottery

    In November 1984 voters approved the California State Lottery as a new source of revenue for California. A minimum of 34% of annual lottery sales revenues must be distributed to public schools
  • Changes to California's K-12 Education System

    A quick update on the convergence of reforms dramatically altering California’s public K-12 education landscape.
  • Charter Schools in California

    What began as a small experiment in 1993 - when 29 charter schools opened - has grown into a significant alternative system within California's K-12 public schools, with more than 1,200 schools serving more than 600,000 students.
  • Ethnic Diversity Index

    This article explains how Ed-Data calculates the Ethnic Diversity Index.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Get answers to frequently asked questions about the data and functionality on this site.
  • How to Create District or School Comparisons

    Now view and compare CAASPP Smarter Balanced test results in the school and district comparisons! Learn more about the comparisons here.
  • Negotiating Teachers' Contracts in California

    This article provides a brief look at how contracts are negotiated for K-12 public school teachers in California school districts.
  • New Cohort Graduation Data

    New and improved graphs for cohort graduation, dropout and UC/CSU eligibility data!
  • New on Ed-Data

    2017-18 financial data; updated cohort graduation information with new student groups, and the ability to view charter/non-charter data separately; a new graph with charter/non-charter enrollment.
  • Proposition 13

    An initiative that added Article XIII A to the California Constitution. It limits property tax rates to no more than 1% of full cash value.
  • Proposition 98

    A constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 1988 and amended by Proposition 111 in 1990.
  • School District Bond and Tax Elections

    Local revenue elections provide an important way for school districts to raise funds to support programs and maintain and build facilities.
  • School District Income

    School districts get their operating funds from five sources. The percentage of funds from each source varies significantly from district to district, but on average it is
  • School Facilities in California

    For many years, particularly through the 1990s, public schools in California faced a serious facilities crisis.
  • School Finance Chronology

    A chronology of key lawsuits, voter approved initiatives and legislation that shaped California's K-12 school finance system.
  • Standardized Tests in California

    2018 Smarter Balanced test data now available! Learn how to view and compare results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System's Smarter Balanced tests.
  • Teachers in California

    In California, almost 296,000 teachers worked in public school classrooms in 2014-15. This article provides background about California's K-12 teachers.
  • Terms Of Service

    The Ed-Data website is designed to offer educators, policy makers, the Legislature, parents, and the public quick access to timely and comprehensive data about K-12 education in California.
  • The Ed Data Partnership

    Ed-Data is a partnership of the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource and Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).
  • Understanding California's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program

    Each spring, California students take a battery of standardized tests that comprise the state's STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Program.
  • Understanding the Academic Performance Index (API)

    The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of test score performance of schools and districts. The California Department of Education (CDE) calculates the API and disseminates the results directly to schools and districts
  • Understanding the Local Control Funding Formula

    The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) changed how California funds its K-12 schools.
  • Using and Sharing Ed Data Graphs

    There are many ways you can view and share the data and information you find on Ed-Data. Learn how to "drill in" for subgroup data, copy or print graphs and more.