Fiscal, Demographic, and Performance Data on California’s K-12 Schools
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This article explains California's statewide student data system, its background, purpose, and future enhancements.
California school districts use a system called "fund accounting." All revenues and expenditures are placed in one of several funds.
In the 1990s, the California Department of Education (CDE) began implementing a new way for school districts to report their revenues and expenditures.
Federal support for the education of disadvantaged students greatly expanded in 1965 with the passage the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Articles and explanations that provide context for the data on this site and help for navigating and using Ed-Data.
In November 1984 voters approved the California State Lottery as a new source of revenue for California. A minimum of 34% of annual lottery sales revenues must be distributed to public schools
A quick update on the convergence of reforms and now a pandemic that have dramatically altered California’s public K-12 education landscape.
What began as a small experiment in 1993 - when 29 charter schools opened - has grown into a significant alternative system within California's K-12 public schools, with more than 1,200 schools serving more than 600,000 students.
The number and rate of students who miss more than 10 percent of the school year is now an indicator on the California School Dashboard. Learn more about how chronic absenteeism data are reported.
Learn more about the cohort graduation, dropout and UC/CSU eligibility data and comparisons on Ed-Data.
Definitions and explanations about the different reasons a student may be suspended or expelled in California.
This article explains how Ed-Data calculates the Ethnic Diversity Index.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the data and functionality on this site.
Different pupil counts serve different purposes. Learn more about Census-Day Enrollment vs. Cumulative Enrollment vs. Average Daily Attendance
This article provides a brief look at how contracts are negotiated for K-12 public school teachers in California school districts.
Now available: 2022-23 graduation and dropout rates, results from the state's CAASPP/Smarter Balanced tests, data on suspensions, expulsions and chronic absenteeism. Also average teacher salary data.
Take a guided tour of the Ed-Data website to learn more about what's available, how to find data and how to use the comparison tools.
An initiative that added Article XIII A to the California Constitution. It limits property tax rates to no more than 1% of full cash value.
A constitutional amendment approved by voters in November 1988 and amended by Proposition 111 in 1990.
Updated through 2022! Local revenue elections provide an important way for school districts to raise funds to support programs and maintain and build facilities.
School districts get their operating funds from five sources. The percentage of funds from each source varies significantly from district to district, but on average it is
For many years, particularly through the 1990s, public schools in California faced a serious facilities crisis.
A chronology of key lawsuits, voter approved initiatives and legislation that shaped California's K-12 school finance system.
2021-22 Smarter Balanced test data now available! Learn how to view and compare results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System's Smarter Balanced tests.
The California Department of Education collects detailed data on the counts and rates of students suspended. Learn more about how the data are reported and how to find this information on Ed-Data.
More than 307,400 teachers work in the state's public-school classrooms. This article provides background about California's K-12 teachers.
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.
Ed-Data is a partnership of the California Department of Education (CDE), EdSource and Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT).
Each spring, California students take a battery of standardized tests that comprise the state's STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Program.
The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of test score performance of schools and districts. The California Department of Education (CDE) calculates the API and disseminates the results directly to schools and districts
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) changed how California funds its K-12 schools.
There are many ways you can view and share the data and information you find on Ed-Data. Learn how to "drill in" for subgroup data, copy or print graphs and more.
Ed-Data financial reports enable you to access financial information for school districts and county offices of education in a variety of ways, including 5-year-trend graphs and the ability to share, download, and print the reports.