Desired Results System and Policy

The Desired Results System is an accountability initiative of the California Department of Education (CDE) developed to determine the effectiveness of its child development and early childhood special education services and programs. By using the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP (2015)) assessment, the CDE assures that children enrolled in its infant and preschool programs benefit from those programs. CDE’s Early Education and Support Division (EESD) implements statewide assessment of children in its programs using the DRDP (2015). CDE’s Special Education Division implements the DRDP (2015) in Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) to comply with requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

This document includes a description of the DRDP (2015) Fundamental View, how it was developed, and the requirements for its use in preschool special education programs.

The California Department of Education has created a shorter preschool view of the DRDP (2015) entitled the Preschool Fundamental View. It contains the five domains required for preschool-age children with IEPs plus the English Language Development (ELD) domain. All preschool-age children with IEPs will be assessed with the Preschool Fundamental View beginning in the fall of 2016.

This document describes the requirements of Public Law 108-446, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) that form the legal basis for the participation of infants and toddlers and their families with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and preschool-age children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) in the DRDP (2015). The DRDP (2015) enables California to comply with federal law.

A document illustrating how the Domains and Measures of the DRDP (2015) used in early childhood special education correspond to the three OSEP outcomes.

The California Department of Education/Special Education Division uses DRDP (2015) data for the State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report (SPP/APR) to meet requirements of the federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). This document describes the relationship between the DRDP (2015) and Indicator 7 of the SPP/APR: Preschool Assessment.

This document defines common abbreviations associated with fields of early intervention, early childhood education, and early childhood special education that are used in the Desired Results Access Project’s documents and resources.