Assessment using Learning Stories
Assessment should be a meaningful process
that informs teaching - not just compliance.
Educa is a fully-featured Learning Story platform with linking to the ELOF, DRDP© and state frameworks. An approved DRDP© assessment vendor.
Authentic assessment in early childhood education refers to an approach that seeks to understand each child’s true nature, using careful observation, and regular and comprehensive reflection on a child’s progress.
Educa supports authentic assessment with Learning Stories, which:
- promotes a more reflective teaching approach
- in an engaging format families will read and understand.
Using the DRDP
The Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP) assessment instrument is designed for teachers to document and reflect on learning development and progress of children enrolled in early childhood education programs. The assessment results are intended to be used by teachers in curriculum planning. It was designed in California, now used in many states.
Educa is an approved DRDP reporting platform for Head Start, UPK and state-funded programs. Learning Stories written in Educa are linked as evidence for DRDP assessment. The process is:
- Collect images, videos, notes during your day
- Create Learning Stories, link to any DRDP view – Infant/Toddler or Preschool
- Share with families, save to child portfolios
- At period end, complete DRDP ratings (if not linked to a story already)
- Export data – PDF for families, spreadsheet for agencies.
Educa has most state frameworks available for linking. More on the DRDP here
Choosing the right DRDP© view
The DRDP© is accepted for Head Start, and for Universal PreK in states that accept the DRDP assessment explicitly (e.g., California) and in so-called “local decision” states where the DRDP meets most state assessment requirements.
The are three views: Comprehensive, Fundamental, and Essential views for all program types – preschool or infant/toddler. All views are subsets of the largest view, Comprehensive.
Educa supports all DRDP views.
More on the DRDP here.