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CALPADS FLASH #137 - JUNE 18, 2018

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Here's a PDF of today's CALPADS Flash.      Download PDF File Here

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CALPADS EOY for Beginners

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A short 20 minute video explaining the "big picture" of the CALPADS end of year process. Reminder:  EOY deadline is July 31, 2018! 


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CALPADS FALL 2 deadline extended!

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 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 poss...

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CALPADS Fall 1 Deadline Postponed!

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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 cert...

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EdSource releases map of homeless student rates in CA schools

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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. &...

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CALPADS Flash #130, Oct 3, 2017

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2017–18 BACK-TO-SCHOOL LETTER 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 e...

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CASEMIS to CALPADS (C2C) TRANSITION UPDATES

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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 Subject: CASEMIS to CALPADS (C2C) TRANSITION UPDATES END-OF-YEAR (EOY) SUBMISSION CERTIFICATION DEADLINE MOVED TO AUGUST 25, 2017 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 (SELPA...

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CA Accountability Coordinators Update for May 24, 2017

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(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: http://www.cde.ca.gov/...

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REVIEW AND CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION DISCIPLINE DATA IN THE CALIFORNIA LONGITUDINAL PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT DATA SYSTEM

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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: REVIEW AND CERTIFICATION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION DISCIPLINE DATA IN THE CALIFORNIA LONGITUDINAL PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT DATA SYSTEM 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 coll...

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CALPADS Flash #127

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CALPADS LEA ADMINISTRATOR AUTHORIZATION INTERIM PROCESS 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 in...

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CALPADS System Documentation: Updates!

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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 Na...

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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" listservsIntended AudienceAccess 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 2.  "CALPADS-LEA" 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. CALPADSINFO@mydistrict.edu) and then route this critically important info to all necessary parties at our schools.http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/listservs.asp 3.  "CALPADS-SIS-VENDORS" 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).   http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/listservs.asp 4.  "CASEMIS-TO-CALPADS" 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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Cooking with CALPADS: Fun with Extracts

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There are 9 types of CALPADS Extract files: 1.  ODS Extracts 2.  SSID Extract 3.  Candidate List Extract 4.  Replacement SSID Extract 5.   Rejected Records Extract 6.  Direct Certification Extract 7.  Assessment - Student Results Extract New! 8.  Assessment - Individual Student Results Extract New! 9.  Suspense Resolution Records     Type #1 - "Operational Data Store or 'O.D.S.' extract"  Generating an ODS extract is useful if you want to compare the data in CALPADS to what is in your own SIS system.  Since an ODS extract pulls out the "live" data, you can match what is in CALPADS to your own data to make sure you have enrolled or exited all of the students correctly, to identify students who might be participating in a program, determine the EL status, etc. There are 13 different types of ODS extract files.  They are virtually identical to the files used to upload data to the calpads system from your student information system, with three differences: the ODS Extract file is structured like the input file with the addition of two fields, (A) the upload date and (B) the last date updated, at the end of each record. Additionally, the (C) Record Type Code will have a ‘-R’ appended to the Input Record Type Code. ODS Extract Record Type Codes # Record Type Input Record Type Code ODS Extract Record Type Code 1 SSID Enrollment SENR SENR-R 2  Student Information SINF SINF-R 3 Student English Language Acquisition SELA SELA-R 4 Student Program SPRG SPRG-R 5 Student Discipline SDIS SDIS-R 6 Student Waivers SWAV SWAV-R 7 Staff Demographics SDEM SDEM-R 8 Staff Assignment SASS SASS-R 9 Course Section Enrollment CRSE CRSE-R 10 Course Section Completion CRSC CRSC-R 11 Student Course Section Enrollment SCSE SCSE-R 12 Student Course Section Completion SCSC SCSC-R 13 Student Career Technical Education SCTE SCTE-R   Type #2 - "SSID extract" An LEA may request an extract of their "State Student Identifier Number" or "SSID" information from the CALPADS portal. CALPADS will create the extract file according to the user’s specified selection criteria. The SSIDs in the file may be imported into a local student information system and/or used locally on the user’s personal computing system. The file will contain a list of SSIDs and limited demographics based on the selected filter criteria defined by the LEA. CALPADS will extract ONLY THE SSIDs associated with the students currently enrolled in the LEA. The content of the SSID Extract file is listed in the table below. SSID Extract Record Layout # CALPADS File Element Field Type Max Length Business Rule 1  Reporting LEA CS 7 This will default to the institution identifier of the User ID. May not be blank. 2  School of Attendance CS 7 The 7 digit code associated with the student’s school of attendance. May not be blank. 3  SSID CS 10 The SSID for the student. If the SSID associated with the enrollment is retired, the system will populate the SSID field with the active SSID associated with the retired...

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