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Should I retain my 2nd grader?
1/2 way thru the 1st grade, I couldn't take him struggling anymore so I contacted Sylvan and had him tested. They said he did not know all his letters and was about a year behind in reading. So I signed him up for tutoring. The teacher at school did not think he was behind and said he's just a late bloomer. So he was passed to 2nd grade.
I continued the tutoring until the end of 2010 (Sylvan is very expensive). They did a great job with him and I saw the change. He was at 2nd grade level when I took him out. My son loves to read despite all his difficulty with it.
From the beginning of this school year, his 2nd grade teacher told me he needs to be sent back to 1st grade because he is too young to be in her class and is not reading at grade level. I did not agree with it and so I asked the principal for assistance. She thinks he should be retained as well.