Battelle® Developmental Inventory, Third Edition™ (BDI-3™)

A New Edition of an Early Childhood Favorite


A comprehensive, accessible evaluation of early developmental milestones.

Restriction Level Testing Time Testing Ages
Low 5 to 10 minutes per subtest. Birth to 7 years, 11 months.

As children age, they typically attain critical skills and behaviors sequentially, from simple to complex. Assessment of developmental strengths and needs during this time is critical for early development centers, private clinicians, schools, and others seeking to determine the need for educational resources or interventions and build plans accordingly.

The Battelle Developmental Inventory, Third Edition (BDI-3) measures mastery of developmental milestones in the following global domains:

  • Communication
  • Social-emotional
  • Adaptive
  • Motor
  • Cognitive

In addition to the domains above, BDI-3 has added the all-new Battelle Early Academic Survey, with two domains specifically designed to measure foundational literacy and mathematics skills in children ages 3 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months. 

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What does BDI-3 have to offer me to help better assess the child?

The Battelle Developmental Inventory, Third Edition is the only assessment that measures global domains from birth to 7 years, 11 months. It is by far the most holistic assessment on the market for early childhood assessment and is used across the country (exclusively in 16 states) to:

  • Provide examiners with a complete assessment, a screening assessment, and an early academic survey
  • Assess developmental milestones for school readiness
  • Help determine eligibility for special education services
  • Assist in the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)

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Pricing and Configurations

Riverside Insights built BDI-3 around a web-based subscription model that offers many advantages over the traditional component-based purchasing process. This model offers enhanced value for customers, including full access to Riverside Score as well as the new BDI-3 Mobile Data Solution. Your BDI-3 subscription also provides you with many other features, including online resources, video tutorials, and dedicated customer support.

BDI-3 Subscriptions are available in seven different configurations.

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Easy, Flexible Administration

An examiner can choose to administer just one domain, all domains, or any combination as needed, and can begin with any domain of the examiner's choice. All test items may be administered using structured, observation, and/or interview format, depending on what is most appropriate for a given testing session.

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Web-Based Scoring & Reporting

BDI-3 scoring can be completed through the web-based Riverside Score™ system - a secure, web-based environment where examiners can easily enter raw scores, assessment data, and test session observations. Available reports include:

  • Demographic information
  • Examinee information
  • Language/background information
  • Domains administered
  • Test session observation
  • Table of scores
  • Domain descriptors
  • Score descriptors
  • Tables/graphs
  • Item level

A New Solution for Assessing Early Academic Skills

The Battelle® Developmental Inventory, Third Edition™ is proud to present the Battelle Early Academic Survey (BEAS), a new academic solution for those wanting to assess literacy and mathematics skills for children ages 3 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months. The BEAS contains items targeting early foundational skills in LIteracy and Mathematics.

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The BDI-3 Mobile Data Solution (MDS)

Tired of carrying all of your BDI-3 test books and test records around with you? With the new BDI-3 Mobile Data Solution (BDI-3 MDS), you can now be instantly mobile! The MDS is included with your BDI-3 subscription and is available on compatible iOS, Android, and Windows devices! How does the BDI-3 MDS make your testing sessions more efficient and easier to administer?

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Jean Newborg

Jean Newborg has had a long and diverse career in a broad spectrum of education-related positions. Well-grounded in methodology (M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of North Dakota) and liberal arts (B.A. in Psychology, Concordia College, Moorhead), Ms. Newborg has demonstrated her skills through many roles, including researcher, test developer, program administrator, policy and procedures developer, materials developer, evaluator, and consultant, among others. Work experiences at Battelle Memorial Institute and involvement in public and private institutions of higher education, private consulting, and significant responsibilities as the state assessment director and regional special education coordinator at a state education agency gave her the unique perspective needed to author the Battelle Developmental Inventory, 2nd Edition (BDI-2), as well as the BDI-3.

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