Information for Teachers & Service Providers

To assess children with the DRDP (2015), early interventionists and preschool special educators must:

  • Complete required online training beginning with how to use the DRDP (2015)
  • Observe children over time
  • Complete the DRDP (2015) in the fall and spring
  • Collaborate with others in gathering information
  • Submit a Rating Record and Information Page to the SELPA for every child assessed
  • Print reports of results from
New Interactive Tutorial: Understanding the Measures of the DRDP 2015

New Guidance and Interim Rating Record for temporary use during COVID-19 pandemic.

Infant/Toddler View Toolbox
Preschool View Toolbox

The resources on these pages will help you plan and gather your observations and other documentation to complete the DRDP (2015).

Using Adaptations with the DRDP (2015)

An important feature of the DRDP (2015) for children with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) is the system of adaptations. Adaptations are changes in the environment or differences in observed child behavior that allow children with IFSPs and IEPs to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in typical environments. The adaptions used for the DRDP (2015) are 1) changes or modifications to the environment, activities, or materials and/or 2) recognition of one or more skills consistently demonstrated in a unique way. Adaptations serve an essential function—to make sure that the DRDP (2015) measures ability rather than disability. The resources on this page will assist you in understanding and using adaptations effectively.

Specialized Guidance for Using the DRDP (2015)

The resources on this page will assist you in better understanding and using the DRDP (2015) with infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and with preschool Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

IFSP/IEP Teams Guidance

This checklist describes the tasks for IFSP and IEP teams when planning and implementing the DRDP (2015).

Leading Focused Conversations

Having conversations with families is an important part of completing the DRDP (2015) for all assessors, but it may be particularly important for practitioners such as home visitors who may not have frequent opportunities to observe the child participating in a variety of routines and activities. The resources on this page will assist you in planning and leading these kinds of focused conversations with families.