CCSA Answers: The Importance of Census Day for CALPADS

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October 2, 2017 Question: When is Census Day for reporting data in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) and why is the reporting in CALPADS so important for charter schools?

Answer: The Census Day for CALPADS falls annually on the first Wednesday in October. This year, Census Day is October 4, 2017. Census Day requires each charter school to take a snapshot of students enrolled as of that day and report specific information about the demographics and eligibility status for various programs. Accurately recording information about duplicated eligible students is particularly important as they generate a large amount of funding under the Local Control Funding Formula. Unduplicated students include those who are (1) low income as defined by eligibility for free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program, (2) English learners, or (3) foster or homeless youth.

It is important to note that the unduplicated pupil percentage is based on a three-year rolling average. Any students who are not counted in the current-year submission will affect funding for the current and two following years so it's important to ensure all students are properly classified.

The data collected on Census Day must be submitted by October 31, 2017. The certification period for this submission closes on December 15, 2017.

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