Overview of the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View

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The purpose of this document is to provide more information regarding the announcement made by the California Department of Education’s Special Education Division on May 31, 2016, Policy Memo: DRDP (2015) Administration for Preschool-Age Children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

The Preschool Fundamental View

In 2015, the California Department of Education (CDE) released two views of the DRDP (2015), the Infant/Toddler View and the Preschool View. In May 2016, CDE released a third view. This view is a more compact preschool view of the DRDP (2015) titled the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View and it is a sub-set of measures on the DRDP (2015) Preschool Comprehensive View. This new view must be used with preschoolers who have IEPs.

The Preschool Fundamental View contains:

  • The 5 developmental domains most predictive of later school success (based on the National Goals Panel Five Dimensions of School Readiness, which a widely used reference);
  • The 39 measures required for special education; and
  • 4 ELD measures, used when indicated;
  • All of the HLTH measures.

The Preschool Comprehensive View

The original preschool view, now referred to as the DRDP (2015) Preschool Comprehensive View, includes all 8 original domains of the DRDP (2015). It is still available for download and may be useful when collaborating with programs that choose to use this view for assessment.

Measures in the DRDP (2015) Preschool Comprehensive View that do not appear in the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View

This illustration shows the measures on the DRDP (2015) Preschool Comprehensive View. The 13 Measures remain part of the Preschool Comprehensive View but do not appear on the Preschool Fundamental View. These measures include 4 science measures from the COG domain (Cause and Effect, Inquiry Through Observation and Invstigation, Documentation and Communication of Inquiry, Knowledge of the Natural World) and the History/Social Science (Sense of Time, Sense of Place, Ecology, Conflict Negotiation, Responsible Conduct as a Group Member) and Visual and Performing Arts domains (Visual Art, Music, Drama, Dance).

While these measures were removed from the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View, they are still part of a comprehensive early childhood curriculum.

More about the measures in the Preschool Fundamental View

Note that COG now is comprised only of math measures.

Also note that ATL 1, 2, and 3 and COG 1, which were previously Conditional, are now required for children with IEPs (Attention Maintenance, Self-Comforting, Imitation, Spatial Relationships).

Rating Record

For the first time, there is a DRDP (2015) Rating Record that is specific to preschool children with IEPs. The reason for this different rating record is help special education assessors ensure that all required measures are rated for children with IEPs. Because the conditional measures are now required for children with IEPs, the conditional column has been removed (except for the 4 conditional ELD measures). Be sure you have the correct form if you photocopy it from the manual. It also can be downloaded separately at http://draccess.org/instrument_ps.

Which Views must be used with which children?

There are three views of the DRDP (2015). There is no change for infants and toddlers; children with IFSPs will continue to be assessed with the DRDP (2015) Infant/Toddler View. All preschool-age children with IEPs will be assessed using the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View.

One Infant/Toddler View

Two Preschool Views

Preschool Comprehensive View

Preschool Fundamental View

There is only one Infant/Toddler View. All EESD-funded and SED-funded infant-toddler programs will continue to use this view

EESD-funded preschool programs will select whether to use the Preschool Comprehensive or Preschool Fundamental View for children in the program

All preschool special education programs will complete the Preschool Fundamental View for all children with IEPs and submit to CASEMIS

This view contains 29 measures across five domains

This view contains 56 measures across eight domains

This view contains 43 measures across six domains

Notes about children who are dually enrolled

Even though SED assessors will always complete the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View and submit the DRDP (2015) Rating Record for preschool children with IEPs and EESD programs can choose which view will be used for children in their programs, collaboration is still essential. Please note:

  • When assessing a child with an IEP attending an inclusive classroom, you must rate all of the HLTH measures, even though most of those measures are conditional for the children without IEPs in that classroom.
  • If a child is being assessed using the DRDP (2015) Preschool Comprehensive View by the general educator, the special educator should assist in assessing all measures.

Reference: Policy Memo from the CDE Special Education Division