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2018–19 Data Crosswalk for the California School Dashboard and DataQuest

File Name: dashboarddq File Size: 70 kb Download File Document from the California Department of Education providing a short overview of the differences in the way that data are produced for DataQuest and the California School Dashboard. 5 page PDF file. 

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Assessment Spotlight Issue #72 - December 4, 2019

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments. Summative ELPAC Assessment Results in the California Educator Reporting System The California Educator Reporting System (CERS) now includes Summative ELPAC results from the 2017–18 and 2018–19 school years. Local educational agency (LEA) staff who have Test Operations Management System (TOMS) logon credentials can enter CERS through the CAASPP Portal or ELPAC Portal to access student assessment results. Over the next two years, CERS will become the single so...

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Topics include: 2019-20 Fall 1 submission requirements modification; viewing Fall 1 SPED certification errors. 2019–20 Fall 1 Submission Requirements Modification The CDE recognizes the hard work of LEA staff to incorporate additional data into the Fall 1 submission, and that doing so requires more collaboration both within and external to the LEA. To enable LEAs to focus on certifying the most critical Fall 1 data, the CDE is making the following adjustments to the 2019–20 Fall 1 submission: Report 16.5 – Students with Disabilities – Student Services by Primary Disability  will be excluded from the set of certification reports that LEAs must approve as part of Fall 1. LEAs, howeve...

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DataQuest Update for November 26, 2019


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NEW CALPADS errors/bugs for November 20th, 2019

A list of the new bugs . . .  :(  Problem Number Classification Sub Classification Title Request Description Work-Around Priority 5233 Defect Fall 1 Certification Module Fall 1: Invalid fatal CERT138 error CERT 138 is triggered when the exit code is E140. n/a High 5232 Defect Reports & Extracts CERT142 - spelling errors on Certification Error Report Typos on 1.0 Certification Error report for CERT142. n/a Low 5231 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1: Snapshot Report 16.1 and 16.3 missing some students Some students who appear to be eligible are missing from 16.1 and 16.3 reports. n/a High 5230 Defect Reports & Extracts Fall 1 Certification page shows inflated error counts ...

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National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, Nov 11-15, 2019

National Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week, brought to you by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), is an opportunity for government, business, education, community-based organizations, students, and workers to inspire, educate, and engage citizens to pursue careers in cybersecurity. The week-long campaign provides an opportunity to learn about the contributions and innovations of cybersecurity practitioners and the plethora of job opportunities that can be found when exploring cybersecurity as a career choice. Join us in encouraging awareness and exploration of cybersecurity careers through written or online announcements and resources, conducting outreach to share y...

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Postsecondary Status File The CALPADS File Specifications (CFS) includes a new file, the Postsecondary Status (PSTS) file that will be implemented in 2019–20. This file will be used by LEAs to submit survey data to CALPADS that LEAs previously submitted to the CDE through the Perkins Data System (PDS) and the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS), both of which are now retired. LEAs have generally collected the postsecondary status data for Career Technical Education (CTE) pathway completers and concentrators, and students with disabilities (SWD) who have completed secondary education, through a student survey. LEAs will now submit the data they have collected ...

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Cooking with CALPADS: Fun with Extracts

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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DataQuest Update Issue 1

This message is to notify you that the California Department of Education (CDE) has developed the DataQuest Update to keep DataQuest users informed about upcoming data releases, new reports and downloadable data files, enhancements and changes to DataQuest, and to provide tips on how to use DataQuest. Please see the attached DataQuest Update #1, which provides information about the following topics: Introduction to the DataQuest UpdateDataQuest Changes and EnhancementsUpcoming DataQuest ReleaseDifferences Between DataQuest and the DashboardDataQuest Tips If you have any questions, please send an email to dataquest@cde.ca.gov. Thank you, DataQuest Team File Name: DataQuest-Update-Issue-1...

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ESSA Implementation Stakeholder Session Oct 18, 2019

 Key Implementation Activities for California's Continuous Improvement and Accountability System October 18, 2019 File Name: ESSA_CDE_Webinar-2019.10.18 File Size: 421 kb Download File

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Assessment Spotlight Issue #68

​Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments. Science Assessment Implementation Modules! A new resource, the California NGSS 3D Assessment Implementation Modules website, has been developed through a joint effort by the California Science Project, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Ventura County Office of Education with support from the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, California Department of Education (CDE), Cali...

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PowerSchool announces definitive agreement to acquire Schoology

​Below is the text sent via email today from PowerSchool CEO, Hardeep Gulati: I'm excited to announce that on October 24, 2019, PowerSchool signed a definitive agreement to acquire Schoology, a leading K-12 learning management system (LMS). PowerSchool currently supports 45 million students with its full suite of K-12 technology solutions, including industry-leading student information systems, assessment and analytics, special education, finance, HR, and talent management tools. Schoology supports more than 20 million users through its learning management and embedded formative assessment platform. Adding Schoology's best-in-class LMS to PowerSchool's award-winning Unified Classroom™ w...

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Message from the California Department of Education regarding the California Physical Fitness Test

File Name: 2019-20-PFT-Welcome-Back-to-School File Size: 148 kb Download File California Department of Education message about the California Physical Fitness Test (PFT). Of special note is the change from submitting PFT results every year to once every two years, in accordance with California Education Code Section 60800. This means the CDE will not be collecting PFT results for the 2019–20 PFT administration. Please note, however, LEAs are still responsible for reporting aggregate results of the PFT in their annual school accountability report card. 2 page PDF file.

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Discipline Downloadable Files Update from DataQuest

Dear DataQuest Users:This message is to notify you about several discipline related downloadable research files and corresponding file structures that have just been updated for 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17 and 2017–18. These file updates can be found on the California Department of Education's (CDE's) Student and School Data Files page. The following statewide downloadable files and file structures are available:Suspension RateSuspension Rate File structureExpulsion RateExpulsion Rate File StructureChronic Absenteeism RateChronic Absenteeism File Structure Note: The 2018-19 Suspension, Expulsion, and Chronic Absenteeism data will be released in conjunction ...

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Assessment Spotlight - October 9, 2019

Focusing on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System and English Language Proficiency Assessments of California (ELPAC)—and including, when timely, updates on California's other statewide assessments. 2018–19 Results Release On October 9, 2019, the California Department of Education (CDE) publicly released the 2018–19 CAASPP results for the following: Smarter Balanced English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics summative assessments in grades three through eight and grade elevenCalifornia Alternate Assessments (CAAs) for ELA and mathematics in grades three through eight and grade elevenThe results can be found on the CDE Public Reporting website....

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CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM) is October 8, 2019 The fall CALPADS Information Meeting (CIM) is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. LEAs are requested to register for the CIM. Zoom (the video communications platform to be used for this meeting) will send the actual CIM Meeting link to those that register. The presentation will begin at 9:30, but the Zoom session will be opened early at9:00 a.m. so that attendees can connect and have time to troubleshoot connectivity issues before the presentation begins. If you will be viewing the meeting with others, please register only once, and enter the name of the primary person on the registration form to receive the email notificat...

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New Data Release Notification for Special Education from DataQuest

Dear DataQuest Users:This message is to notify you about updated Special Education data reports now publicly available on the California Department of Education (CDE) DataQuest website at http://dq.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/. These reports are based on data submitted to the CDE by local educational agencies (LEAs) through the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS). Please note: Beginning in 2019-20, LEAs will be submitting special education data to the CDE through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). These reports include:2018–19 Special Education Data Reports·2018-19 Special Education Enrollment by Age and Disability·2018-19 Spec...

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CALPADS Update Flash #161

Special Education Data Collection in CALPADS  Beginning September 10, 2019, CALPADS will accept data related to Students with Disabilities (SWD) that were previously submitted to the CDE through the California Special Education Management Information System (CASEMIS). 14 page PDF file. File Name: calpadsupdflash161 File Size: 404 kb Download File

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CALPADS Update Flash #163

Changes in reporting for Multilingual and English Learner ProgramsThe attached CALPADS Update FLASH #163 (3 page PDF file) provides information about the following topics: New Language Instruction Program Codes for Native and Non-Native English SpeakersReporting English Learner Participation in Language Acquisition ProgramsReporting English Learner Services File Name: calpadsupdflash16_20190926-191911_1 File Size: 145 kb Download File

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E-rate News Flash

Announcements Important Deadline Reminder: Filing FCC Form 500 Service Delivery and Contract Extensions The deadline for delivery and installation of non-recurring services such as Category One broadband installation and Category Two Internal Connections is generally September 30, following the close of the funding year. Applicants with funding requests that contain non-recurring products or services that have not yet been delivered or installed must start working now on filing the FCC Form 500 to request USAC to extend the service delivery deadline and report extended contract end dates. The service delivery and/or contract extension requests must be submitted to USAC on or before the Septe...

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