DRDP access Frequently Asked Questions by guym13


									DRDP access
Frequently Asked Questions

Please note that this document will be updated periodically. Please check for the most up-to-date version
of this and other documents at the new Desired Results access web site that will be available in the near
future: www.draccess.org

             Questions                                               Responses

                                          Why the DRDP
1.   Do preschool children with IEPs     Yes. The Child Development Division (CDD) of the California
     need to be included in the          Department of Education (CDE) is implementing statewide
     Desired Results system?             assessment of children in state-funded preschool programs.
                                         Children in state-funded preschool programs will be assessed
                                         with the Preschool Desired Results Developmental Profile-
                                         Revised (PS DRDP-R). The Individuals with Disabilities
                                         Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires the
                                         inclusion of children with disabilities in any state or district-wide
                                         assessments. Because of this, preschool children with
                                         disabilities (IEPs) need to be included in the Desired Results
                                         assessments. In addition, California has federal requirements of
                                         the State Performance Plan to report on outcomes for three,
                                         four and five year old preschoolers.

                               Web Sites for More Information
2.   When will the new Desired           By November, 2006.
     Results access Project website
                                         This web site will offer the most complete and up-to-date source
     go up?
                                         of information on the Desired Results access system, including
                                         the information on the use of PS DRDP-R for Children with
                                         IEPs. The URL is: www.draccess.org
                                         For information on the Desired Results System and the PS
                                         DRDP-R, visit the Desired Results Training and Technical
                                         Assistance Project website at:

3.   What are SELPAs responsible         SELPAs have a range of responsibilities including, but not
     for?                                limited to:
                                         • Assuring that staff are trained to administer the PS DRDP-
                                              R and DRDP access
                                         • Sponsoring training events and related activities
                                         • Providing adequate organizational support
                                         • Collecting and reporting data
                                         • Monitoring that all districts and/or programs report data
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              Questions                                             Responses

                                          One-day training sessions will be available throughout the sate
4.    How will training be provided?
                                          beginning January, 2007. For details refer to the document
                                          “DRDP access Training Plan for Preschool Special Education”
                                          at www.draccess.org (after November 1st).
5.    When will dates for the statewide   A training calendar will be posted at www.draccess.org
      regional trainings be available?    beginning in November, 2006.

6.    What materials will be available    Numerous documents to support the implementation of the
      to help share information with      Desired Results access System will be provided at
      staff?                              www.draccess.org. It is important for administrators to check
                                          the website periodically for new and updated information.
                                          Resources that will be posted include fact sheets, assessor‘s
                                          guides, administrator’s guides, the training calendar, guidance
                                          for assessing children who are English learners, guidance for
                                          IEP teams, and materials to support family involvement.

7.    What are the plans for training     At this time, the DRDP will not be used to assess the progress
      Part C programs?                    of children in Early Start (Part C). The Department of
                                          Developmental Services has developed the State Performance
                                          Plan for Part C and Part C Programs should contact DDS for
                                          the most up to date information regarding Part C. Visit their web
                                          site at: http://www.dds.ca.gov/EarlyStart/ESHome.cfm

8.    How do I sign up for training?      Online registration through the Desired Results access website
                                          at www.draccess.org will be available Dec.1, 2007. Please
                                          check the training calendar on the web site for the training
                                          location in your area.

9.    How is the DRDP access similar      The DRDP access uses the same Desired Results and the
      and how is it different from the    same Indicators as the Preschool DRDP-R. A primary
      DRDP-R?                             difference is that DRDP access extends the age range of the
                                          measures from birth to kindergarten for preschool children who
                                          need a broader developmental range. Information on the
                                          instruments will be available at www.draccess.org

10.   Where can we obtain the PS          The PS DRDP-R is currently available at:
      DRDP-R and the DRDP access?         http://www.sonoma.edu/cihs/desiredresults/training/
                                          The DRDP access will be available in January, 2007 at:
                                          Please note that separate instructions will be published
                                          regarding the use of the DRDP-R with 3, 4, and 5 year old
                                          preschool children with IEPs.

                                           Data Collection
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              Questions                                             Responses

11.   How will data be collected?         The primary service provider for the IEP is responsible for
                                          ensuring each three, four, and five year old preschooler with an
                                          IEP on his/her caseload is assessed reliably and accurately
                                          using either the PS DRDP-R or DRDP access, regardless of
                                          instructional setting or services received. Teachers should
                                          continually observe children and document their progress. The
                                          assessor should also collaborate with family members, other
                                          caregivers, and providers; and review curriculum based
                                          measures, and portfolios. Based on all of the available
                                          information, the assessor will complete an Information Page
                                          and a Rating Record for each child, rate and report the child’s
                                          progress on the PS DRDP-R or DRDP access two times a year,
                                          once in the fall and once in the spring. Further information on
                                          the Special Education DRDP Data Collection and Reporting
                                          Requirements will be posted at www.draccess.org

                                           Data Reporting
12.   How will we report DRDP             The Special Education Desired Results System (SEDRS), a
      ratings?                            web-based data system is being designed for the collection and
                                          reporting of DRDP ratings. For each child, DRDP data will be
                                          entered two times a year into SEDRS. SELPAs will certify that
                                          all districts and/or programs have fully reported.

13.   How much data for each child’s      Assessors need to report on every measure for every child.
      profile needs to be reported?

14.   What student identifier number      The student identification number issued by Districts to report
      do we report?                       California Special Education Management Information System
                                          (CASEMIS) data is required for all preschool children. The
                                          California Student Information System (CSIS) ID should also be
                                          entered for all preschoolers who have had this number

                             Children Who Need to be Assessed
15.   Which children need to be           All preschool children with IEPs (3, 4, 5 year olds) need to be
      assessed?                           assessed on the PS DRDP-R or the DRDP access regardless
                                          of type or level of service, and regardless of setting.

16.   Are five-year old children with     Yes, as long as they have an IEP and have not yet entered
      disabilities included in the        kindergarten.
      Desired Results system?

17.   Do preschoolers who are not         Yes, regardless of type or level of service and regardless of
      attending any preschool, but who    setting.
      receive a related service need to
      be assessed?

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                               Collaboration with Other Systems
18.   What do we do when children          When children attend a CDD-funded program and have an IEP,
      attend a CDD-funded program          both providers should complete either PS DRDP-R or DRDP
      and have an IEP                      access collaboratively. When children are enrolled in preschool
                                           programs and receive special education services, DRDP results
                                           will be reported to both CDD and SED, according to the
                                           requirements of each Division.

19.   It is difficult and time-consuming   Communication and collaboration take time yet is essential
      to collaborate across systems.       among all of the providers in the child and family’s lives in order
      What can be done to address          to provide effective services and complete accurate
      this?                                assessments. Effective service delivery draws on the expertise
                                           and knowledge of all providers who work with a child. The
                                           child’s regular preschool teacher is required to attend IEP
                                           meetings; this provides an opportunity for planning and
                                           communication. In addition, ongoing communication between
                                           IEP meetings can address questions as they arise. A section of
                                           the DRDP access User’s Guide will focus on strategies for
                                           collaborating with others.

20.   What are the responsibilities of     The primary service provider for the IEP is responsible for
      related services staff in the        ensuring each three, four, and five year old preschooler who
      Desired Results system?              has an IEP is assessed reliably and accurately. If related
                                           services staff are not the primary service provider they are
                                           encouraged to collaborate and assist the primary service
                                           provider case carrier with the assessment.

21.   Do children who receive only         Yes. Children who have speech as their only service for special
      one service, such as speech          education are under the same IDEA rules and regulations as all
      therapy, need to be assessed         children who have IEPs. These issues also apply to other
      using the DRDP-R or the DRDP         related service providers. A work group has been created to
      access?                              address these concerns and generate strategies in response to
                                           these issues. Further information will be posted at

22.   How is the Desired Results           As children are assessed on the DRDP-R or DRDP access,
      system of benefit to families?       families will have the opportunity to talk with their service
                                           providers about their children’s development. Through these
                                           conversations, families will learn more about: their children’s
                                           individual strengths and needs in developmental and pre-
                                           academic areas; the progress of their children over time; what
                                           to observe in their children to learn more about their
                                           developmental skills; and areas in which their children’s
                                           program is targeting improvements.

23.   Is parent permission needed for      No. Parent permission is not required for participation in
      any of the DRDP process?             statewide assessment, only for eligibility assessment.

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                                              Use of Data
24.   Can the results from the DRDP-      Yes, the assessment information from the DRDP-R and DRDP
      R and DRDP access contribute        access can contribute to the Present Levels of Functioning,
      to the Present Levels of            when used in conjunction with other sources of information. The
      Functioning on the IEP?             information can also be used in conjunction with other sources
                                          to help guide IEP goals and curricular decisions.

25.   How will the results of the         The results of the DRDP-R and DRDP access will be useful to
      DRDP-R and DRDP access be           teachers in many ways. DRDP instruments provide:
      useful to teachers?
                                              •   a useful framework for the sequence of typical
                                              •   a reference for teachers to track child progress within
                                                  the general preschool curriculum;
                                              •   a common language for special educators and
                                                  preschool teachers for assessing the progress of
                                                  children; and
                                              •   a way to share information with parents about their
                                                  children’s progress.
                                          DRDP results provide a profile of the child’s development
                                          across a broad range of skills and abilities. This may be
                                          especially informative to service providers who have limited
                                          contact with the child. A more thorough knowledge of the child
                                          may assist supporting his or her development in the area of the
                                          provider’s focus.

 Developed by the Desired Results access Project, California Institute on Human Services, Sonoma
 State University. Funded by the Special Education Division, California Department of Education.
 DRAFT October 17, 2006.

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