Can I Fight Grade Retention for my 7 year old son?
We had a IEP meeting in February to discuss his progress. There was a mention in that meeting of possibly retaining him, but that they didn't know yet. And, that ultimaetly that this decision would be left up to me. Which after some investigating have learned that it is up to the principal in our district. After some digging I have found that retention is to be more uneffective than effective!!
In the first nine weeks of school the teachers noticed that he was not where he needed to be , but made no contact with me to improve this problem. In fact, they have been telling me that he is progressing well and particaptes more. He is very shy and it is hard for him to make friends. He is out to please everyone tho. After I was told they would be retaining my child I decided to sit down with him to see what he knows...he is at 133 sight words and has a 99 percent in Math. The school says that he is at 104 tho, with me he reads 133.
I am very concerned for my child and of the outcome of this decision. After reading all of the statistics and meeting with the teachers and the principal, I disagree with them. My child should move on to second grade.