Anonymous asks:

Is there a California law saying a child can't do kindergarten twice?

There is a child in Kindergarten who started when he was four. He had a traumatic birth and almost died. He is not doing well in Kindergarten academically. His mother has asked the principal to have him do kindergarten over again to help determine if he is capable of learning these things. The principle's response is that the law says they need to move children on to the next level, and if after six weeks in first grade the child is not doing well, they will put him back into Kindergarten. I don't think this is true, right, or in the best interest of the child. This child's mom speaks Spanish so there is the language difference too. If the principal continues to veto what the mom asks for, what is her next step to get her son help? Thanks, Jan
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Working with school administrators, State education standards
> 60 days ago



May 18, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

There is no law regarding how many times a child can repeat a grade.  However, if the child has already attended  kindergarten twice and is still not doing well, he/she should be tested by a team of experts to determine if he has "special needs" and needs support from the Special Education Department. If he is an English Language Learner, he may need specialized English Language Development support services.

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dgraab , Parent writes:
Hello, Adding to the previous response you received...

Here are some informational resources you may find helpful:

ELL and Bilingual Education

California Department of Education

The Great Debate Surrounding Grade Retention

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