You may have heard the words Desired Results Developmental Profile, Desired Results, or DRDP from your child’s early interventionist, teacher, or service provider. The letters DRDP stand for the “Desired Results Developmental Profile.” The DRDP (2015) is an assessment instrument that teachers use to gather information that can help support children’s learning and development. The DRDP has been used for eight years in California. Beginning in fall, 2015, a new version, the DRDP (2015), will be used with all children in public school programs from birth to kindergarten entry, including infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and preschool-age children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Your child’s teacher will complete the DRDP (2015) twice a year. When using the DRDP (2015), teachers observe children as they spend time with adults and other children during typical days, whether at home, in childcare, or at a preschool. These observations are used to complete a number of items on the DRDP (2015). In addition to these observations you might be asked to share what you see your child doing.
You can participate in the DRDP (2015) assessment in several ways:
- Share with your child’s teacher the skills that you see your child using during daily activities. For example, you might share that during playtime, you observed your child counting or that when dressing, your child can sit by herself. You might share stories, photos, drawings, observations, or videos.
- Talk with your child’s teacher about your child’s strengths and areas you want to focus on.
- At parent conferences or other meetings, talk about the DRDP (2015) results. Ask any questions that you might have.
- Talk with your child’s teacher about what to expect next for your child’s development.
- Make sure that your child’s teacher knows about the adaptations your child uses every day.
Families, teachers, and the California Department of Education all benefit from use of the DRDP (2015):
- Because your child’s teacher will share the progress your child is making, you will know more about the progress your child is making and ways you can support your child’s learning.
- Your child’s teachers will have up-to-date information to help plan your child’s learning activities.
- The California Department of Education will know how well children are making progress in its programs, can make sure that its programs are high quality, and can submit information about program’s progress to the U.S. Department of Education.