The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP 2015) is an observation- and judgment-informed authentic assessment used by the California Department of Education (CDE) Special Education Division (SED) to determine the effectiveness of its early intervention and early childhood special education services and programs. The DRDP (2015) is used in all CDE-funded early childhood programs, including the Early Education and Support Division’s (EESD) State Preschool Program and Head Start programs operated under the auspices of the CDE.
The Desired Results Access Project assists the CDE, SED in implementing the DRDP (2015) to measure the progress of children with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) served in its programs. The Project’s ongoing support for the implementation of the DRDP (2015) includes:
- Assuring the appropriate assessment of children with IFSPs and IEPs with the DRDP (2015) assessment.
- Providing resources and activities to help the early childhood special education community understand, use, and benefit from the DRDP (2015).
- Assisting the CDE, SED with the data collection and analysis of DRDP (2015) statewide data to support federal reporting for the Preschool Child Outcomes Indicator of the State Performance Plan (SPP) for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).
- Conducting ongoing research to support the validity, reliability, and utility of the measures of the DRDP (2015).
- Collaborating with other state agencies to develop resources and strategies for enhancing collaboration between child development programs, early intervention, and preschool special education for the DRDP (2015).
The following professional development, research, and implementation activities are planned for 2018-2019:
- Implementing training for all special educators who administer the DRDP (2015) as required by the CDE, SED.
- Implementing a DRDP (2015) data collection system, DRAccessData, to replace the submission of DRDP data to CDE, SED’s CASEMIS system.
- Providing training and support for using the reports of DRDP (2015) results to special educators and families through DRAccessReports.org.
- Producing new guidance materials for specialized populations of children.
- Conducting the analyses for the 2019 SPP-Preschool Child Outcomes Indicator for the SED.
- Managing the longitudinal results of the SPP-Preschool Child Outcomes Indicator for the SED.
- Conducting descriptive and inferential analyses of statewide DRDP (2015) datasets.
- Working with the SED to determine and implement metrics of data quality for the DRDP (2015).
The Desired Results Access Project is part of the Napa County Office of Education Research and Development Center, and is funded by the California Department of Education, Special Education Division.