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Battelle Developmental Inventory

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Battelle Developmental Inventory™, Second Edition Normative Update


Jean Newborg, 2004, 2016

Developmental assessment for early childhood

Purpose: Screens and evaluates early childhood developmental milestones

Measures: Personal-Social, Adaptive, Motor, Communication, and Cognitive

Ages: Birth to 7:11

Times: Complete BDI-2: 60-90 minutes; Screening Test: 10-30 minutes

Scores: PR, SS, AE, T score, Change Sensitive Score, and z score



Battelle Developmental Inventory™, Second Edition Normative Update


Jean Newborg, 2004, 2016


Battelle Developmental Inventory, Second Edition Normative Update (BDI-2 NU) is an early childhood instrument based on the concepts of developmental milestones. As a child develops, he or she typically attains critical skills and behaviors sequentially from simple to complex. BDI-2 NU helps measure a child's progress along this developmental continuum by both global domains and discrete skill sets. BDI-2 NU is aligned to the three OSEP Early Childhood Outcomes, as well as the Head Start Child Outcomes. It can be used to meet the federal reporting requirements across Part C, Part B/619, and Head Start programs. The BDI-2 NU includes re-weighted normative data based on 2015 U.S. Census data projections to meet federal requirements for eligibility.


Meets all federal requirements of IDEA in areas of: Adaptive, Cognitive, Communication, Personal-Social and Motor

Aligns with all three OSEP early childhood Outcomes and Head Start Child Outcomes

Provides useful data for immediate instruction and intervention through actionable items

Allows for effective monitoring of child and program progress on short- and long-term basis

Includes multiple administration methods

Structured, play-based activities using child-friendly manipulatives designed for use with examinees from birth to age 7 years, 11 months

Observation can be completed in child's natural setting

Interview-scripted questions for a parent or caregiver

Provides CSS (Change Sensitive Scores) through Data Manager software to effectively monitor growth

Offers comprehensive norms sensitive to rapid development

Aligns with popular preschool curriculums

Streamlines administration with eKits

Gathers data electronically with Mobile Data Solution

BDI-2 NU may be used by a team of professionals or by an individual service provider.

Accommodations and modifications are available for professionals when assessing infants and children with special needs or disabilities.

Appropriate for all children age birth to 7:11 , BDI-2 NU is ideal for several uses:

  • Screening of key developmental milestones for school readiness
  • Assessing current developmental strengths and needs
  • Measuring longitudinal growth of development
  • Determining eligibility for special education services
  • Evaluating children across various programs including preschool, daycare, early intervention, kindergarten, and Head Start
  • Evaluating early childhood programs for accountability
  • Assisting in development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individualized Education Programs (IEP)


Below is a chart that maps the structure of the BDI-2 NU domains and subdomains:


Adaptive Domain Personal-Social Domain Communication Domain Motor Domain Cognitive Domain
Self-Care Adult Interaction Receptive Communication Gross Motor Attention and Memory
Personal Responsibility Peer Interaction Expressive Communication Fine Motor Reasoning and Academic Skills
  Self-Concept and Social Role   Perceptual Motor Perception and Concepts


Product Items

Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2) Screener Test Booklets, Package of 30
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Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2) Complete eKit with Manipulatives Includes Examiner's Manual, Stimulus Book, Set of Presentation Cards, 35 Electronic Record Forms, 15 Workbooks, Set of Screening Presentation Cards, Screening Stimulus Book, the co
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Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2) Scoring Booklets, Package of 15
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Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI-2) Screener eKit with Manipulatives Includes Examiner's Manual, the Screening Test Item Book, 30 Electronic Record Forms, set of Screening Presentation Cards, Screening Stimulus Book, Screening Test Quick Reference Gu
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