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[CA] Summary of CALPADS Update Flash #275

The latest CALPADS Update Flash #275 from June 11, 2024, provides important updates and clarifications for Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) on the 2023 Dashboard Technical Guide, particularly focusing on the College/Career Indicator (CCI). Here are the key takeaways:

2023 Dashboard Technical Guide

  • The 2023 Dashboard Technical Guide is available online and can be accessed here.  It was originally published in December 2023.
  • The guide has been restructured into "mini guides" focusing on each of the six statewide indicators and one of the Dashboard Local Indicators.
  • This new format aims to make it easier for users to find relevant information quickly.

College/Career Indicator (CCI) Clarifications

  • Data Submission: LEAs should submit college-level courses completed by students as part of their End-of-Year (EOY) 1 data submission.
  • Course Identification: College-level courses should be identified either by using specific State Course Codes or by populating Field 9.19 with Course Non-Standard Instructional Level Code 23 (College Credit Only) or Code 24 (Dual Credit).
  • Eligibility: Only college courses that are part of the school’s curriculum and supervised by the LEA should be submitted. Independent college courses completed by students without school oversight should not be included in CALPADS.

Criteria for College Credit Courses

  • Valid Courses: Courses must be part of the LEA/school curriculum, offering college credits upon completion, and should be passed with a grade of C- or better.
  • Course Types: These courses can be from either academic or Career and Technical Education (CTE) disciplines, excluding physical education courses.
  • Course Completion: Credits are earned based on the completion of a minimum number of semesters, quarters, or trimesters, including year-long and summer terms.

CCI Preparedness Levels

  • Prepared Level Criteria: Graduates must meet one of 12 criteria to be classified as "Prepared" on the CCI. These criteria are detailed in Table 2 of the CCI mini guide.
  • CTE Pathway: Students must complete a capstone course with a grade of C- or better and meet additional criteria involving Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or college credit courses outside of the CTE pathway.

Additional Resources

  • School Examples: The CCI mini guide includes examples that illustrate how the CCI is calculated and which college courses are used.
  • FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions provide further clarification on data submission and eligibility criteria.


The CALPADS Update Flash #275 offers essential updates and clarifications for LEAs to accurately submit data for the College/Career Indicator. LEAs are encouraged to review the mini guides for detailed information and ensure compliance with the guidelines to improve the accuracy of their data submissions and the resulting school performance metrics on the California School Dashboard.

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