The Desired Results Access Project: Key Activities for 2015-2016

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The Desired Results System is an accountability initiative of the California Department of Education (CDE) developed to determine the effectiveness of its child development, early intervention, and early childhood special education services and programs. The Desired Results Access Project assists CDE’s Special Education Division (SED) in implementing the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) to measure the progress of California’s children with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The Project supports special educators, administrators, and families in implementing the DRDP (2015) by:

  • Assuring the inclusion of children with IFSPs and IEPs in the DRDP (2015) Assessment. 
  • Providing useful information and reports to programs about DRDP (2015) assessment results.
  • Providing resources and activities to assist California’s early childhood special education community to understand, use, and benefit from this statewide system.

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.

Key Activities for 2015-2016

The Desired Results Access Project provides opportunities for professional development; guidance materials that support the implementation of the DRDP (2015); and research activities that lead to data-informed improvements to the system. Highlights of the activities planned for 2015-2016 include:

Implementation and Professional Development Activities

  • Support Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) and their school districts in building capacity to provide and access training and professional development activities for the implementation for the DRDP  (2015). 
  • Provide support and guidance on using the DRDP Access assessment results.
  • Produce new and updated guidance materials and online learning modules.
  • Collaborate with CDE’s Early Education and Support Division (EESD) and 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). 
  • Collaborate with other states on a national level through Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) sponsored activities.

Research Activities

The DRDP Access Project engages in systematic research to improve outcomes for children with IEPs in California. Research activities focus on these strategic areas:

  • Work jointly with CDE’s Early Education and Support Division (EESD) and Special Education Division (SED) and other CDE contractors to continue to improve the DRDP (2015) for use in the field for all children from early infancy to kindergarten entry. 
  • Assist CDE/SED in twice-yearly collection of DRDP Access data for submission to CASEMIS. 
  • Conduct analysis of statewide data to support state and federal reporting for the Preschool Assessment Indicator of the State Performance Plan, including: scaling investigations, item testing and other descriptive and inferential analysis of statewide datasets. 
  • Enhance the implementation and utility of the DRDP (2015), including the development of new reports and guidance for the use of DRDP (2015) for SELPAs, school districts, teachers, and families. 
  • Collaborate with state and national partners to disseminate research-based practices to the field.