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How to Get Around on Ed-Data

Last updated December 30, 1899

    The Ed-Data website provides a wealth of data at the school, district, county and state level going as far back as the 1992-93 school year.

    Getting Started

    Ed-Data offers several ways to get to information:

    1. Use the Find Your Data search functionality at the top of each page to look for a school, district or county by name, CDS code, city or zip code. You can also search by keyword.

    2. Use the dropdown menus in the red navigation bar to select a level (state, county, district, school) and report (Accountability, Profile, Financials, etc.).

    Pull-down menus at the top of each report page allow you to select a specific county, district and school as well as the year of the data.

    After you have selected a school, district or county, Ed-Data will remember that information so you can switch reports and even years while remaining on the same school, district, or county. Alternatively, if you are viewing a specific report, e.g. API Base, you can change the school or district you were viewing while remaining on the same report and year.

    Information on Ed-Data

    The site has two basic types of information, Reports and Articles:

    Reports are the centerpiece of Ed-Data. They focus on specific schools, districts and counties, and the state. Most reports above the school level have "aggregated" (rolled up) information from the level below.
    Articles provide context for the reports. They contain general explanations and, in some cases, charts to help explain the data. The newest and most relevant articles are featured in the Articles box in the lower-left corner of the homepage. For a complete listing of all articles available on Ed-Data, visit the Education Issues and Background page. Relevant articles are also referenced and linked on various reports.
    Comparing Data

    The website also includes a rich comparison functionality that allows you to compare schools, compare districts, and compare district finances.

    Within each of these comparisons, you can select the variables you want to look at. You can also select individual districts and schools for comparison, find the highest/lowest schools and districts based on your selection criteria, and compare a school and district to others that are most like it.

    For more detailed instructions on how to use the comparison functionality, see our Compare Schools Help, Compare Districts Help and Compare District Finances Help articles.

    More context

    The extensive Glossary and the Profile Definitions can help you make sense of the terminology, acronyms, and data definitions used in the site.


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    Questions about the data—where it comes from and when it will be updated? Please see our Data FAQ.

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    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.