Courses and Tutorials

Beginning in August 2018, the California Department of Education, Special Education Division instituted required DRDP training for all early childhood special educators who assess children with the DRDP. Special educators must complete the online course, “Using the DRDP (2015) for Special Education” which includes a Demonstration of Rating Skills.

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  • Once the first course is completed, all DRDP assessors must complete subsequent training and refresher courses.
  • SELPAs are responsible for ensuring that all staff who administer the DRDP (2015) complete training.
  • Staff who have not yet completed training must still assess eligible children with the DRDP. More information about the assessment requirements for the DRDP are available in Appendix A of the DRDP (2015) Preschool Fundamental View Manual.
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DR Access Learn

This guide offers helpful suggestions for successfully completing the online courses in DR Access Learn.

Simple tips for successfully completing the online course, Using the DRDP (2015) for Special Education in

Suggestions for administrators in following up with assessors who did not successfully complete DRAccessLearn Course 1, Using the DRDP (2015) for Special Education, to assist assessors in using the DRDP (2015) with fidelity.


Interactive Flash Tutorial for Supplemental Guidance for Special Education on Using the DRDP During the COVID-19 PandemicThis interactive tutorial provides a quick guide to important information in the “Supplemental Guidance for Special Ed: Using the DRDP During the COVID-19 Pandemic".

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 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 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: 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):