New School Readiness Measurement Tool for California
Developmentally appropriate and aligned school readiness assessment can provide useful information to teachers and administrators in order to better address children’s learning and developmental needs over time. It ultimately is an essential strategy to close the readiness gap and ensure all children thrive in their earliest years.
The California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with the WestEd Center for Child and Family Studies and UC Berkeley–BEAR center, recently developed the Desired Results Developmental Profile–School Readiness (DRDP-SR©) assessment instrument. The primary purpose of (DRDP-SR©) is to provide transitional and traditional kindergarten teachers with a valid, reliable measurement tool that will assist them to observe, document and reflect on the learning, development and progress of their students.
PSR encourages all school districts to consider piloting the DRDP-SR©.
The DRDP-SR© is aligned to the California Preschool learning Foundations, the California Kindergarten content Standards and the Common Core Standards. The instrument includes 30 measures across five developmental domains, including:
• English Language Development
• Self and Social Development
• Language and Literacy Development
• Mathematical Development