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School Readiness Tool

The State Board of Education adopted (June 2013) an instrument for early childhood readiness in Missouri after reviewing the results of a year-long pilot. The recommended voluntary early childhood readiness tool is the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) instrument developed by the California Department of Education. The instrument will provide useful information to parents, child care providers, teachers and administrators about the learning and development of each student.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (the Department’s) strategic priority call for ensuring all children enter kindergarten prepared for school success. The State Board approved (June 2013) a revision to the existing Early Learning Goals, setting a clear path for guiding growth and development of children prior to kindergarten entry.

The adoption of the DRDP will continue to support the Department’s initiative to:

  • Close the school readiness gap and inform decisions about policies and practices.
  • Align programs for children birth to third grade.
  • Improve young children’s learning experiences, including informing instruction and services.
  • Inform professional development processes for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children.

The benefits of using the DRDP are as follows:

  • Alignment to the existing Missouri Early Learning Standards.
  • Inclusive of all young children, including children with disabilities or varied abilities and children of various backgrounds and cultures.
  • To inform, support, and monitor learning over time for an individual child or groups of children participating in an early learning program.
  • Use of a variety of methods to inform the assessment such as observations, interviews and a collection of children’s work.


DRDP Training Opportunities

Teachers, teacher assistants, paraprofessionals and administrators are encouraged to register for day one training (Desired Results Developmental Profile) and day two training (Meaningful Observation for the DRDP).  Training opportunities can be found on the Missouri Workshop Calendar.

Below is a complete list of training providers along with registration information.

Northwest Area
Northwest RPDC
Registration:  Professional Learning

Northeast and Central Area
Missouri Preschool Program Learning Communities Project
Registration:  Email Cindy Stone at:  cstone@cpsk12.org

Kansas City Area
Kansas City RPDC
Registration:  Professional Learning

Central Area
Central RPDC
Registration:  Professional Learning

St. Louis Area 
St. Louis RPDC
Registration:  education plustm

Southwest Area
Southwest RPDC
800-735-3702 or 417-836-4090
Registration:  Professional Learning

South Central Area
South Central RPDC
Registration:  Professional Learning

Southeast Area
Southeast RPDC
Registration:  Professional Learning