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Do I have the right to choose to promote my child to the next grade if the possibility of retention arises?

my son has adhd and has been failing basically everything all year due to the fact that he wasnt made to do it and basically brushed to the side. he has an attitude as is said and was sent out the room alot durring instruction time met with superintendent and grades have improved some but unsure how much more they will onnly have 4 weeks left what can i do. i feel it wouldnt be in his best interest to retain him i feel it will hurt him not help.he is a very bright child and is most capable of doing work i have no doubts of his abilities.help pls
In Topics: School and Academics
> 60 days ago

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BMelton
Apr 24, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Promotion and retention are difficult topics to address without knowing more information. You are correct in saying that retaining him may be more hurtful than helpful. You see him as very capable but having attentional problems. You can ask for an evaluation through the school system to identify his educational needs. ADHD may be addressed through diet, exercise, specialized teaching, and/or medication.  

The criteria for promotion to the next grade level is successful completion of the current grade. If your child has not been successful all year and he has been excluded from instructional time, you can ask for other options, including summer school prior to considering retention.

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