Consolidated Application and Reporting SystemThe Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) is a data collection system to apply for Categorical Program Funding and to report on the use of those funds.
Register for User Account
Centralized Authentication System (CAS)
CAS is CDE's new system for establishing a system user account. The Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) system is the first CDE developed system to use CAS for managing user accounts.
Consolidated Application and Reporting System (CARS) Login
Login to the CARS system, which can only be accessed by authorized users who have registered in the CAS system and have been granted rights by their CARS local educational agency (LEA) User Administrator.
- Process To Follow If You Forget Your CARS Password (Updated 08-June-2016)
Data Collection Release Schedule (Updated 11-Jan-2018)
Narrative of current release dates and deadlines. Important dates you should know related to the CARS.
Training and User Documents
Purpose: To provide links to individual training documents and Webinars/Captivate modules.
- CARS User Guide (DOC; 2MB; Updated 20-Nov-2015)
A guide to provide CARS users with the knowledge needed to navigate efficiently through the CARS and to enter or view data.
- Navigating CARS Webinar
An introduction to CARS that is targeted towards new LEA users. The Webinar covers how to move around in the CARS, what to expect on each tab, what to expect in each form, and additional information about how the CARS works.
- Current Year Program Instructions (Updated 11-Jan-2018)
Instructions for completing the Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
- 2016-17 Consolidated Application Instructions (Updated 15-Jan-2017)
Instructions for completing the previous year Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
- 2015-16 Consolidated Application Instructions (Posted 15-Jan-2016)
Data collection instructions which include the purpose, guidance, program contact and procedures for completing the 2015-16 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs.
News Flash Updates
- CARS Update Flash #61 (Dated 9-February-2018)
News Flash 61 was sent to LEA User Administrators announcing the 2017 Winter Release Webinar video has been posted to YouTube.
- CARS Update Flash #60 (Dated 7-February-2018)
News Flash 60 was sent to LEA User Administrators to inform them of changes in the availability of Title IV, Part A funds, and the steps LEAs needed to make regarding CARS.
- CARS Update Flash #59 (Dated 10-January-2018)
News Flash 59 was sent to LEA User Administrators announcing the CARS is scheduled for a Thursday, January 18, 2018 release of the data collections, and included a summary of the changes.
- CARS Update Flash #58 (Dated 23-August-2017)
News Flash 58 was sent to LEA User Administrators to inform users of the process required when changes to Data Collections are needed by the LEA.
- CARS Update Flash #57 (Dated 6-June-2017)
News Flash 57 was sent to LEA User Administrators announcing the 2017 Spring Release Webinar video and the Navigating CARS Webinar video have been posted to YouTube.
Useful Information and Links
California School Directory
The California School Directory contains information about all California public schools, private schools, nonpublic nonsectarian schools, school districts, and county offices of education.
Application for County-District-School (CDS) Code and School Changes
School districts that plan to open or change a school status need to do so using either the Online Public Update for Schools (OPUS) system or the school forms. Those can be found at the Schools & Districts page.