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Management Bulletin 11-03


Early Education and Support Division

Subject: Desired Results Developmental Profile computer application/support: DRDPtech©

Number: 11-03

Date: February 2011

Expires: January 2012 or Until Rescinded

Authority: California Education Code sections 8203, 8203.5, 8261; California Code of Regulations, Title 5 Section 18272

Attention: Executive Officers and Program Directors of all Child Care and Development Programs


Purpose

The purpose of this Management Bulletin (MB) is to inform the California Department of Education (CDE) child care and development contractors that the computer application, DRDPtech©, is now being made available to additional CDE child development contractors who have server capacity as an expansion of ongoing DRDPtech© field testing. This expansion will provide input from agency program staff to the CDE Early Education and Support Division (EESD) and DRDPtech© contractors regarding the implementation of the DRDPtech©. Additionally, the DRDPtech© will provide aggregate assessment results from the Desired Results Developmental Profile© (2010) (DRDP© 2010) assessment instruments for data analysis.

DRDPtech© is a server-based computer support system for the DRDP© (2010) assessment instruments. This system is for programs that can install and manage DRDPtech© on a server, controlled by the agency, that provides access to the Internet. A technology person who is knowledgeable about downloading large files, installation of server software, and database management should be available to install the program.

Participation in DRDPtech© field testing is limited to child development programs and Family Child Care Home Education Network (FCCHEN) programs that receive funding from the CDE/EESD. In addition, Head Start programs in California that also administer EESD programs may participate in field testing. Agencies choosing to participate in field testing will be allowed to download and install DRDPtech© at no cost.

Background

The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) assessment system was first introduced in 2001. It is designed to improve the quality of programs and services provided to all children who are enrolled in early care and education programs funded by CDE. During the process of developing the DRDP assessment instruments, it became obvious that a computer application would be helpful to organize and manage data, and to efficiently analyze and compile the results from the teacher’s assessments.

The purpose of DRDPtech© is threefold:

  1. To help the agency staff record and monitor children’s progress over time. Staff are able to enter observational notes as well as rating information. This allows assessment information to be input at one time or added over the course of days and weeks.
  2. Once the information is entered into DRDPtech©, staff can view results for individual children and groups of children by classroom, site, and agency. DRDPtech© compiles data in one place and helps to inform the development of curriculum for both individual children and/or groups of children. Longitudinal information can be maintained for a child as she/he progresses on the developmental continuum and over the course of years.
  3. DRDPtech© supports continuous program improvement as teaching staff and program administration work together. They can quickly look at the results, create reports, compare and analyze data, identify program needs, and plan their next steps.

Accessing DRDPtech© Resources

Questions regarding this MB should be addressed to the DRDPtech© Help Desk at 916-319-0439.

This Management Bulletin is mandatory only to the extent that it cites a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement. Any portion of this Management Bulletin that is not supported by a specific statutory and/or regulatory requirement is not prescriptive pursuant to California Education Code Section 33308.5.

Questions:   Early Education and Support Division | 916-322-6233
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