You may have heard the words Desired Results Developmental Profile, Desired Results, or DRDP from your child’s teacher or service provider. The letters DRDP stand for “Desired Results Developmental Profile.” The DRDP (2015) is an assessment that teachers use to gather information to support children’s learning and development. The DRDP (2015) is used in CDE-funded early care and education programs from birth to the start of kindergarten, including infants and toddlers with Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and preschool-age children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Teachers complete the DRDP (2015) twice a year while observing children as they spend time in typical everyday activities and routines, whether at home, in childcare, or at a preschool. These observations are used to complete the items on the DRDP (2015). In addition to these observations, teachers might ask parents 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 use during daily activities. For example, you might share that during playtime, your child counts or that when dressing, your child sits by herself. You might also 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, IFSP, IEP, or other meetings, ask any questions that you might have about the DRDP (2015) results.
- Talk with your child’s teacher about what to expect 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 the DRDP (2015)
- When your child’s teacher shares the results of the DRDP (2015), 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 reports of DRDP (2015) results to help plan your child’s learning activities.
- The California Department of Education will know how well children are making progress in its programs and can help make sure that its programs are high quality.