In the state-level student profile, you can also find data on the number of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals (used as a proxy for poverty) and the number of English learners. Also in this section is the "unduplicated pupil count" of high-needs students, which serves as a starting point for calculating funding under the state's Local Control Funding Formula.
In the summary section at the top of every profile page, you will find information about the school or district including contacts, location and more. The student profile data elements are also available in school and district comparisons.
A couple of things to keep in mind when you look at these data:
- Data for students redesignated as proficient in English (RFEP) or designated fluent English proficient (FEP) are now part of the end-of-year data collection. We are awaiting the new RFEP reports from the state for 2021-22 and 2022-23.
- Enrollments for students with disabilities, homeless and migrant students are not currently available in the public downloadable data files, so are missing from the Census-Day Enrollment graphs.
School district bond and parcel tax election results
California's public school districts have three widely used options for requesting support from local taxpayers: elections for general obligation bonds, special facility elections, and parcel tax elections. Under the Local Revenue Elections tab at the district level, you can see the outcomes of any of these measures the district may have placed on the ballot. Go to local revenue elections at the state level here or learn more about them here.
Visit the Financial Data tab at the district level for detailed financial statements, including revenues and expenditures. In these reports, you can see how much a district spent on instruction versus administration, how much went to facilities maintenance and operation, Special Education, and much more. You can also include selected financial data elements in your district comparisons.
Go here to learn more about how to view the financial data on Ed-Data.
Find data on the teacher salary schedules and the change in average salaries in California school districts in the Teacher Salary section of the Staff tab of a school district profile. These data come from the voluntary J-90 report, which is submitted by about 85% of California districts. The state report has information on average salaries by district type. These data can also be viewed in the district comparisons. Note: Teacher salary data are only reported at the district level.
You can now find updated graduation and dropout data by race/ethnicity, gender, students with disabilities, homeless students and other student groups as well as a graph on graduates completing the A-G courses required for admission to University of California and California State University campuses.
The district, county and state graphs also include a charter/non-charter filter that allows you to view or exclude charter school data from the graph. These data are available at the school, district, county and state levels in the College and Career Readiness section of the Student Tab on Ed-Data. The data can also be viewed in the school and district comparisons.
Students are considered "chronically absent" if they miss more than 10% of the school year. The Chronic Absenteeism section of the school, district, county and state profiles provides data by student group such as gender, race/ethnicity, and for homeless and migrant students. These data can also be viewed in the school and district comparisons. Note: The state did not report chronic absenteeism for 2019-20 due to widespread school closures.
Find data on the suspension and expulsion rate as well as students suspended for "defiance" and disciplinary actions by "most serious offense" category at the school, district, county and state levels under the Student Tab. These data can also be viewed in the school and district comparisons. Note: 2019-20 and 2020-21 data are not comparable to other years because of Covid-related school closures and distance learning.
Taken at the end of the school year, the cumulative enrollment provides a different perspective on the students attending a school. It includes students who were enrolled at a school for one day or more. However, if a student is enrolled in multiple schools in a single district, that student is counted only once at the district level. The cumulative enrollment graph can be found at the top of the Demographics section of the Student Profile at the school, district, county and state levels. For more information on the difference between the census-day and cumulative enrollment, see this article.
California administered its statewide Smarter Balanced Assessments normally for the first time in the spring of 2021. The tests, in math and English language arts are administered students in grades 3-8 and 11. Nearly 3 million students took the tests in 2021. This year's results can help shed light on the impact the Covid-19 pandemic had on the state's students.
On Ed-Data, you can view 5 years of test results at the school, district, county and state level. You can drill into the graphs to view data by race/ethnicity, gender as well as for students with disabilities, English learners and other student groups. To find the CAASPP graphs, go to the Performance section of the Student tab.
To learn more about the CAASPP/Smarter Balanced tests, see our article, Standardized Tests in California.
Much of the data mentioned above are also available in our school and district comparisons. Our comparison functionality allows you to:
- Compare schools or districts
- Select a specific year for comparisons and toggle between years as desired
- Select the data elements to be included in the comparison results from a list of all fields or by data category (e.g., summary, student demographic, performance, suspensions/expulsions, finance)
- Add in corresponding state or county data for elements you’ve added
- Filter results using criteria you select (e.g., show districts matching a specific data range such as enrollment between 1-500 students, or show only districts or schools within specific counties)
- Sort each data element from high to low or low to high, or sort districts/schools alphabetically
- Add specific schools or districts into the comparison (e.g., add a high-performing district or a neighboring district or school regardless of the other selection criteria used)
- Export results to Excel
- Eliminate a data element from results if you don’t need it
- “Pin” one or more districts or schools so that they are always displayed in the left-most columns of the results regardless of any sorting performed by the user – allowing you to compare districts/schools of interest with the highest or lowest values in each field
For a step-by-step “how to” directions on using the comparisons, view one of our online tutorials or see our How to Create District or School Comparisons article. Or start making your own comparisons: Compare Schools or Compare Districts.
We are awaiting results from the state's standardized CAASPP/Smarter Balanced tests and, later in the year, data on graduation rates, discipline and chronic absenteeism.
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