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

  • Articles List
  • 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 and now a pandemic that have dramatically altered 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.
  • Chronic Absenteeism

    The number and rate of students who miss more than 10 percent of the school year is now an indicator on the California School Dashboard. Learn more about how chronic absenteeism data are reported.
  • Cohort Graduation Data

    Learn more about the cohort graduation, dropout and UC/CSU eligibility data and comparisons on Ed-Data.
  • Definitions of offence categories used for suspensions and expulsions

    Definitions and explanations about the different reasons a student may be suspended or expelled in California.
  • Ethnic Diversity Index

    This article explains how Ed-Data calculates the Ethnic Diversity Index.
  • How Students Are Counted

    Different pupil counts serve different purposes. Learn more about Census-Day Enrollment vs. Cumulative Enrollment vs. Average Daily Attendance
  • How to Create District or School Comparisons

    Ed-Data's powerful comparisons tools enable you to bring together multiple datasets, create lists based on values you select and compare schools and school districts.
  • 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 on Ed-Data

    Now available: 2022-23 School district financial reports: Find detailed data on revenues and expenses for every school district and county office of education in California.
  • Online Tutorials

    Take a guided tour of the Ed-Data website to learn more about what's available, how to find data and how to use the comparison tools.
  • 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

    Updated through 2022! 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

    2021-22 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.
  • Suspensions and Expulsions

    The California Department of Education collects detailed data on the counts and rates of students suspended. Learn more about how the data are reported and how to find this information on Ed-Data.
  • Teachers in California

    More than 307,400 teachers work in the state's public-school classrooms. 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.
  • Using the Financial Reports on Ed-Data

    Ed-Data financial reports enable you to access financial information for school districts and county offices of education in a variety of ways, including 5-year-trend graphs and the ability to share, download, and print the reports.