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DRDP-focused observation, documentation, and rating

DRDP access Assessment System and Federal Requirements

The DRDP access Assessment System offers program administrators, special educators, and families a number of benefits:

In addition to these benefits, the DRDP access Assessment System enables California to comply with federal law. Implementing the DRDP access Assessment System assures that the California Department of Education/ Special Education Division, Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) comply with requirements of PL 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). Two components of this law led to the use of the DRDP access for early intervention and preschool special education:

The DRDP access is used as the instrument to meet this federal requirement. CDE decided to use the DRDP access assessment because it is already required under the IDEA statewide assessment requirements. Implementing the DRDP access Assessment System also enables California to report progress toward these three child outcomes for both infants and preschool-age children with disabilities. CDE has broad authority under IDEA and California Education Code to collect the information that is needed to evaluate pupil and program performance results. (20 USC 1412(a) (15); 1412(a)(16); 1413(a)(7); 30 EC 56600.6 and 30 EC 56601 (a)).

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Last updated: 02/04/2014