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The California Department of Education, Special Education Division requires DRDP 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 (2015) complete training.

  • Create an account and access courses at
  • Complete the first course, “Using the DRDP (2015) for Special Education” (including a Demonstration of Rating Skills) and all courses in subsequent years.
  • Assess eligible children with the DRDP even if courses are not yet completed.
  • Find more information about the DRDP assessment requirements in Appendix A of the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View Manual.

Join us for two webinar series: Using the DRDP and Using DRDP Results. The Coffee Break Webinars are a quick look at resources and strategies for using the DRDP; Learn Labs, more in-depth one-hour sessions on linking DRDP results to instruction.

Recorded Webinars

Video: Sharing the DRDP with FamiliesFamilies can participate in the DRDP in several ways. Watch this short Coffee Break recording to learn ways assessors to engage with families related to the DRDP including using adaptations, discussing child development, and reviewing assessment results.

Video: Producing and Using Peer Reference ReportLearn about the Peer Reference Report, available from DR Access Reports, from this short, recorded webinar.

Video: Using the Foundations in Inclusive Settings with Guest Speaker Tamarra Barrett-OsborneExplore strategies for linking the California Preschool Learning Foundations and DRDP authentic assessment information to support child development and learning in inclusive preschool classrooms.

Video: Breaking It Down: Identifying Learning Targets for DRDP ResultsAre you providing instruction to a child on an IEP goal or related to a DRDP measure? In this Learn It & Use It session we practiced breaking it down into proximal learning targets using the authentic assessment information from the DRDP to determine what knowledge, skills, or behaviors to teach in daily activities, routines, and transitions for children with IFSPs and IEPs.

Video title screen: Learn Lab: Using the DRDP to Measure Child ProgressFeatures strategies for using the DRDP and DR Access Reports to identify and measure the developmental and learning progress of children with IFSPs and IEPs.

Video title screen: Learn Lab: Planning Instruction Using DRDP Results for Special EducationRecorded workshop describing and demonstrating how DRDP profiles inform: present levels of performance or development on the IEP or IFSP, long term goals, what to teach next, and linking the DRDP to the California Early Learning Foundations.


Interactive Tutorial: DRDP 2015 data submission timeline for Special EducationThis interactive timeline describes the process of observing, documenting, rating, and submitting DRDP (2015) data for special education.

Interactive Tutorial: Understanding the Measures of the DRDP 2015An interactive tutorial illustrating the measures of the DRDP (2015). Each measure of the DRDP (2015) describes a developmental continuum, ranging from earlier development to later development. There are three types of continua.

Interactive Tutorial for DRDP (2015) Special Education Information PageQuickly learn about the changes made to the DRDP Information Page for special education beginning fall, 2020.

Interactive Tutorial for Planning Adaptations for Distance LearningLearn about adaptations for preschool children with IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) by meeting our friend Augie and his teacher, Ms. Keisha. You will see examples of adaptations used in distance learning and you can download guidance and a worksheet to help you and your team plan adaptations for your students.

Interactive Tutorial: Using Adaptations with the DRDP (2015)This interactive tutorial describes what adaptations are, how they can help us more accurately assess children’s skills as we observe their daily activities, and provides a variety of examples of the seven adaptations used for the DRDP.

For more information

If you are a general education preschool teacher, Early Head Start, or Head Start teacher, please visit the Desired Results for Children and Families website, for information about training to use the DRDP (2015):