News and Updates

New Required Online Training Course for Special Education

Short Course: Benny Having a SnackThe California Department of Education, Special Education Division requires training for all early childhood special educators who assess children with the DRDP. SELPAs are responsible for ensuring that all staff who administer the DRDP complete training.

We hope you enjoy this year’s course, “Benny Having a Snack”.

Here’s what you need to know and do:

  • Make sure your account is active in DR Access Learn. If you are logging in for the first time since July 1, your temporary password is your email address to which this email was sent. Download the User’s Guide if you need assistance.

CDE, SED’s Requirements for the DRDP Fall 2021 Assessment for Special Education

The California NewsDepartment of Education, Special Education Division has issued the following requirements for the DRDP assessment of children with IFSPs and IEPs:

  • Children will continue to be assessed with the Interim DRDP for Special Ed through the fall of 2021
  • Children must have a signed IFSP in a local education agency (LEA) or a signed preschool IEP to be assessed
  • A child’s special education services must begin by November 1 to be included in the fall DRDP assessment

Download the "Supplemental Guidance for Special Education on Using the DRDP during the COVID-19 Pandemic" to assist you in completing the DRDP this fall. It includes a summary of the requirements, key considerations, and recommended practice.


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