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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Who developed the DRDP-K© assessment instrument?
A: The DRDP-K (2015) was developed by the California Department of Education with additional enhancements created in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education.

Q: What grade level does the DRDP-K assess?
A: The intended target populations are transitional and traditional kindergarten students.

A: Why are features of the DRDP-K?
Q: Key features of the DRDP–K are described below:

Q: What does the DRDP-K assess?
A: The DRDP-K assesses children’s development in 11 domains:

Q: How will the results from the DRDP-K be used at the classroom, LEA and state levels?
A: At the classroom and LEA level, teachers and administrators use the DRDP-K to determine the extent to which students are achieving the desired results so that teachers may differentiate their instruction and target individual or groups of student to improve results in particular domains.  At the state level, educators use the desired results system to identify successes and areas for improvement so that the CDE can provide support and technical assistance to increase transitional and traditional kindergarten program quality.

Q: What is DRDP Online?
A: The DRDP Online is an online data entry system for the DRDP-K so teachers may compile information about students in their classes and print out summary reports on individuals and groups of students. The data is stored the cloud. Administrators may also print out summary reports for all children or groups of students.

Q: What technical assistance is available for teachers and administrators?
A: There are five primary methods of training and technical assistance

Q: Is the DRDP-K aligned to the Preschool Learning Foundations, the California Kindergarten Content Standards and the Common Core Standards?
A: Yes.  The DRDP-K is aligned to existing and future state frameworks and assessments. 

Q: How long does it take to complete a DRDP-K assessment for one student?
A: It depends.  As teachers become more familiar with the assessment and observe more individual students, their proficiency will become increasingly efficient. In the development field study, teachers reported the tool was user friendly and expressed that the instrument got easier to complete as they went along.

Q: How often is this assessment administered?
A: Teachers observe students as they participate in routine classroom activities and complete the DRDP-K for each child within the first eight weeks of school. The assessment can be repeated again in the spring in order to gauge students’ progress throughout the year and support their transition to the next grade level.

Q: For students with IEPs, what is the requirement for reporting DRDP-K student results into DRDP access?
A: DRDP–K (2015) represents a full continuum assessment instrument for all children in kindergarten, including children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Q: For teachers and administrators: Why should I use this assessment instrument?
A: The DRDP-K was developed so that in the process of using the instrument teachers learn:

For more information
General questions:
California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division
Serene Yee,
phone: (916) 319-0318

Implementation support:
Melinda Brookshire,
phone: (805) 484-8027

Kerry Kriener-Althen,,
phone: (415) 289-2338

DRDP Online 
phone: 1-800-770-6339

Children Now
University of California Berkeley – BEAR Center
WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies