Battelle Developmental Inventory, Third Edition (BDI-3)



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As a child ages, they typically attain critical skills and behaviors sequentially from simple to complex. The Battelle Developmental Inventory, Third Edition (BDI-3), appropriate for use with children from birth to 7 years, 11 months, measures mastery of those developmental milestones in the following global domains:

  • Communication
  • Social Emotional
  • Adaptive
  • Motor
  • Cognitive

Each global domain is comprised of subdomains which help measure the child’s overall developmental progress as well as their mastery of discrete skill sets.

In addition to the domains above, BDI-3 also offers the all-new Battelle Early Academic Survey, with two subdomains specifically designed to measure foundational literacy and mathematics skills in children ages 3 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months. BDI-3 administration is easy and flexible, and can begin with any domain the examiner chooses. All test items may be administered using structured, observation, and/or interview format, depending on what’s most appropriate for a given testing session. An examiner can choose to administer just one domain, all 6 domains, or any combination as needed.

Use BDI-3 to:

  • Assess developmental milestones for school readiness
  • Help to determine eligibility for special education services
  • Assist in the development of Individualized Family Service Plans (IFSP) and Individualized Education Programs (IEP’s)
  • Provide Examiners with a Complete Assessment, a Screening Assessment, and an Early Academic Survey

Key Features

  • A comprehensive measurement of all developmental milestones
  • New items, up to date artwork, and updated content
  • New Battelle Early Academic Survey with literacy and mathematics subdomains
  • Fewer manipulatives and presentation cards needed for administration as compared to BDI-2 NU
  • Administration via new BDI-3 Riverside Score Mobile Data Solution app available on IOS, Android, and Window compatible devices
  • Scoring and reporting available through web-based Riverside Score system
  • Multiple modular reports options all included with your scoring subscription
  • Meets federal reporting requirements across Part C, Part B/619, and Head Start Programs

Restricted to Level A qualified customers

The Battelle Early Academic Survey

The Battelle Early Academic Survey is a new battery within the BDI-3. Usable as a stand-alone assessment or in conjunction with other BDI-3 material, the Battelle Early Academic Survey measures foundational literacy and mathematics skills in children 3 years 6 months to 7 years 11 months. As a holistic assessment for determining early skill proficiency, the Battelle Early Academic Survey is also ideally suited for early childhood progress monitoring as students develop these critical skills.

The Battelle Early Academic Survey subdomains include:


  • Numbers Counting and Sets
  • Geometry
  • Measurement and Data
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Print Concepts
  • Rhyming
  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonics and Word Recognition
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Fluency


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1. Fill Out Order Form (PDF)
2. Fill Out TUQF Form (PDF)*
3. Email [email protected]

*All assessment orders require an approved Test User Qualification Form (TUQF) to be completed. Please fill in the form and submit with your order.

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