Research and Technical Papers

The Desired Results Access Project engages in systematic and ongoing research regarding the use of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) for children receiving special education services. This research includes:

  • Scaling investigations, equating studies, item testing and other descriptive and inferential analyses of DRDP (2015) datasets.
  • Research to enhance the utility of the DRDP (2015).
  • Collaboration with local, state and national partners to disseminate evidence-based practices to the field.

DIF analysis is used to investigate whether measures on an assessment instrument functions differently for different groups of children. Examination of DIF is important to determine whether subgroups of children who possess comparable ability levels have equal (or different) likelihood of receiving the same ratings on the measures. This analysis provides evidence that the DRDP (2015) generally functions as intended for all children of the same ability level (i.e., no bias in a specific developmental area or skill). The two subgroups examined are children with disabilities (infants and toddlers with IFSPs and preschool children with IEPs) and children without disabilities.

This report outlines the technical properties of the Desired Results Developmental Profile (2015) which stem from the specifications that guided the development of the DRDP (2015) to produce a statewide early childhood assessment. The criteria for a high-quality early childhood assessment are presented within 10 indicators along with evidence for how the DRDP (2015) meets each criteria.

This document describes the findings of the 2014-15 Interrater Agreement Study conducted by the Desired Results Access Project. The study investigated rating agreements between pairs of special education assessors who independently rated the DRDP (2015) for the same child within the same time period.