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Last updated December 17, 2013

    About Ed-Data

    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:
    Accountability (schools, districts, and the state), including API Base and Growth, AYP, and Performance
    Demographic 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 credentials, 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 (from the Home page questions) 

    Wondering about all the changes to California's K-12 education system?

    Ed-Data articles provide context and background for the data you find on this website. This new article provides an overview of the major changes currently taking place in California's K-12 education landscape. Find all Ed-Data articles and explanations on our Education Issues page.

    How much does your district spend on instruction?

    Use the search function to find your district, and then click on the dollar sign iconSee this district's Financial Statement

    to go to the district's Financial reports, then click on the "Activity" tab and scroll down to the Activity pie chart to see district expenditures on instruction and instruction-related services. 

    OR

    Use the red menu bar at the top of each page to go to District -> Financial Reports -> Activity. Then use the pull-downs to select the county and district.

    Click here to learn more about the data in the financial reports.

    How does your school compare?

    Using the red menu bar at the top of each page: go to School ->Compare Schools. You can select the characteristics on which to compare your school to other schools and you can choose what to compare (such as demographics or API performance). For more details on using the comparison tool, see our Comparisons Help page.

    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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    All contents copyright © 2014, Education Data Partnership. All rights reserved.

    Ed-Data is a partnership of the California Department of Education, EdSource and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) 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.