Launched in 1996, 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. It is operated through a partnership of the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource, and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT). FCMAT's California School Information Services (CSIS) hosts and maintains the site.
In addition to a wealth of data at multiple levels and over many years, Ed-Data also offers articles and explanations that provide important context for the data.
Ed-Data’s new look
We’ve redesigned the Ed-Data home page and navigation to make it easier to move around the site and see the different levels and types of data available:
You can now use the red menu bar to go directly to a specific report at the state, county, district or school level. Additional shortcuts to reports are provided just below the main website image.
The questions in the blue "featured" area near the main image provide another way to explore the site by taking you directly to the reports that provide the answers.
The Find Your Data search function now makes it easier to go directly to a specific school or district.
The What's New box at the bottom of the screen provides easy access to the newest reports, and the Articles box links you to the most recently updated explanations.
We value your feedback—please let us know what you think of the new design by completing the feedback form or sending an e-mail to Ed-Data@edsource.org.
What you can find on Ed-Data
The state, county, district and school reports have a wealth of data about student demographics and performance, staffing and teacher salaries, as well as information about financial reports for all districts, county offices of education, and state. A Glossary gives you quick access to helpful definitions. You can also link directly to many California Department of Education web pages for more information.
Ed-Data also offers powerful comparison tools that allow you to compare a variety of data categories (student, staffing, performance, finance) displayed on Ed-Data. The Compare Districts and Compare Schools reports allow you to find or select districts or schools based on multiple categories for comparison. This tool also allows you to compare the highest or lowest values in any of the categories that you select. The Compare District Finances report allows you to compare the financial reports of districts from the fiscal year 2003-04 to the most current year.
The Reports pages provide the following data for multiple years:
(schools, districts, and the state), including API Base and Growth, AYP, and Performance
Profiles (all levels), with robust interactive comparisons for schools and districts
Financial reports based on SACS data
(districts, county offices of education, and statewide), with charts and comparisons on a variety of criteria that you select
Lists of schools in each district
and districts in each county
Pop-trend reports , a graphical view of how things change over time for such topics as district finances
, teacher salaries
, and enrollments
The information comes from data that schools, teachers, districts and the county provide to the California Department of Education. The Reports are updated periodically when the CDE certifies and releases new data,
The Education Issues and Background page offers articles on various topics, such as AYP, API, STAR, California's school finance system, and how California compares with other states.
Tips for finding information on Ed-Data
Use the search function to find your school, and then click on the "Profiles" icon
to go to the school's Profile reports, then click on the "Students" tab.
Use the red menu bar at the top of each page to go to School -> Accountability -> API Growth. Then use the pull-downs to select the county, district, and school.
This report provides the school's Growth API as well as API Base data, statewide and similar schools ranks, and the performance of each student group.
Use the search option to find your school and then click on the "tests" () to go to the school's accountability reports and click on the "Performance" tab.
Use the red menu bar at the top of each page to go to School -> Accountability -> Performance. Then use the pull downs on the report page to select your county, district, and school.
Scroll down to find cohort graduation and dropout rate data for your school, broken down by ethnicity and with comparisons to the district as a whole. You will also find California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), STAR/CST performance and physical fitness tests data in this report.
Using the red menu bar at the top of each page: go to State -> Financial Reports -> School Districts. The General Fund Expenditures by Activity table provides statewide totals for school district expenditures on instruction, pupil services, administration, etc. The information is also broken down by type of district. The Expenditures by Activity chart immediately below the table, provides a visual representation of these data.
You can also find this information for a particular district by going to District -> Financial Reports -> Activity.
Need more information? Visit our Help page for tips on getting around the Ed-Data website.
For questions about when new data will be posted or anomalies in the data, please see our Frequently Asked Questions About Data page.
We value your feedback!
Did you find what you were looking for? Was the site easy to use? Did you experience any technical problems? Please let us know by completing the feedback form or sending an e-mail to Ed-Data@cde.ca.gov. We welcome your ideas!
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