EMadlyn asks:

Should I retain my daughter in 2nd Grader

She is reading at a level "J" which compares to a 2nd grader in the first quarter. The average 2nd grader is readingat a level "L/M". She is writing at a level "5" compared to the average 2nd grader on a level "8" by the end of the year.  At times it can be difficult to read her writing due to handwriting. She also has difficulty spelling words phonemically. She may have a period at the end of the story butdoes not usually use them correctly at the end of all of the sentences in her stories. She usually uses incorrect capitalization
such as capitals in the middle of words. She has difficulty expanding on ideas and using description in her writing. Oftentimes her writing does not make sense or is not grammatically correct. She now has IEP in plan for her speech/language difficulties that have hindered her progress.    After talking to my daughter she says she will be ok with whatever I decide but does not want anyone knowing if she repeats 2nd grade.  The school has recommened retention but I just don't know which way to go.
In Topics: Learning issues and special needs, Motivation and achievement at school
> 60 days ago



May 18, 2012
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

There is much information available about school retention. Most current information suggests that retention may not be the best solution.  Please feel free to peruse our articles here on for more information.  I also added an article from the National Association of School Psychologists.

Thank you again for writing.

Louise Sattler, NCSP

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