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Can I fight grade retention for my 7 year old son?
The school requires students to be reading at a guided reading level K to be promoted to the 2nd grade. He is at a level I. He was just diagnosed with a speech disability last month and we do have an IEP in place which entails both reading recovery program and speech assistance. He is excelling in math, science, social studies, etc. His problem is solely with reading and writing which I believe is contributed to his difficulty to produce certain sounds. He has improved greatly at his reading but as I mentioned-he is 2 levels below.
He is a very shy boy and he actually didn't speak with fellow students at all last year when he was in Kindergarten. This year he seems to have really opened up and is communicating with his fellow classmates.
I have a meeting on Thursday with the IST program which is to discuss them retaining him in the 1st grade. I have sent a request that the Principal be present at the meeting since the district policy states the Principal has final say in grade retention (not that I have received a response to my request).
I have provided the IST program, his teacher and the principal various studies that have been done that state that grade retention may have detromental effects on the child both emotionally and socially and that due to my son's shyness I fear this will destroy his self-esteem.