Fiscal, Demographic, and Performance Data on California’s K-12 Schools

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Now available: 2021-22 state assessment results and student demographic data including enrollment, free/reduced-price meal eligibility and LCFF counts of high-needs students.


What's new:

2021-22 CAASPP/Smarter Balanced test data

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. 

Screenshot of CAASPP graphs on Ed-Data


To learn more about the CAASPP/Smarter Balanced tests, see our article, Standardized Tests in California


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2021-22 Census Day enrollment data

Visit the student profile at the school, district, county or state level for detailed demographic data including enrollment by race/ethnicity, gender, grade, school type and more.

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 few things to keep in mind when you look at the new data: 

  1. 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 and will be reported later in the year.
  2. Enrollments for students with disabilities are not currently available in the available downloadable data files, so are missing from our graphs in recent years. 
  3. Cumulative enrollment will be updated with the end-of-year data and the Average Daily Attendance (ADA) graph at the district level will be updated with the financial data. 

Also available:

2020-21 School district financial data

Detailed 2021-22 financial data and comparisons for California's K-12 school districts and county offices of education. The reports, which are unaudited actuals, include data on school district revenues and expenses, the current expense of education calculation and more. 

Financial data are available at the school district and state levels only. From any district or county office of education profile, click the financial data tab to see the reports. (To learn more about how to view and use the financial data, see this article.) 

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You can also add financial data elements to your district comparisons:

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Average Daily Attendance Data (ADA)

Picture of ADA graphSchool funding in California is based on average daily attendance, which is defined as the total number of days of student attendance divided by the total number of days taught. You will find the ADA graph next to the Census-day and Cumulative enrollment graphs in the demographics section of the district and state profiles. 

Please note that due to Covid-related school closures, the state did not collect apportionment ADA for 2020–21. Therefore, other than some small adjustments for LEAs experiencing growth, and a proxy ADA computation for newly operational charter schools, the 2020–21 ADA is the same as 2019–20. 

Detailed information regarding the calculations used to determine the 2020–21 Principal Apportionment, which includes information on how 2020–21 ADA was determined, is available on the Principal Apportionment, Fiscal Year 2020–21 web page

2020-21 Teacher Salary 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. 

2020-21 Cohort Graduation Data

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. 

2020-21 Chronic Absenteeism Data

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. 

2020-21 Suspensions and Expulsions

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 prior years because of Covid-related school closures and distance learning.

2020-21 CAASPP/Smarter Balanced Test results

Statewide CAASPP/Smarter Balanced data for English language arts and math in 2020-21 are now available in the Performance section of the Student tab for schools, districts, counties and the state as a whole. These data can also be viewed in the school and district comparisons. 

Note: Due to the Covid pandemic, administration of the CAASPP was suspended in 2019-20, therefore there are no test results reported for that year. The tests were optional in 2020-21 and only 744,000 of 3.1 million students in grades three to eight and 11 took the tests in 2020-21. Therefore data are limited and the state cautions against comparing 2020-21 test results to prior years. 

2020-21 Cumulative Enrollment

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

Have you tried the comparison tools? 

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

What's Next

We are watching for the release of 2021-22 data on graduation rates, chronic absenteeism, suspensions and expulsions, and cumulative enrollment, as well as results from the statewide CAASPP/Smarter Balanced tests.

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