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shireenb
shireenb asks:
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Can I stop the school from failing my child?

The school wants to fail my Kindergarten child and I disagree.
In Topics: School and Academics, Working with school administrators
> 60 days ago

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BarbK
May 27, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Since I don't know the details of this case, it is hard to answer.  If you feel strongly that he should go on to first grade, then I would request a conference with your child's teacher immediately.  You may want to request that the school's reading coach or team leader also be present.  Listen to what they say.  If you still feel that you want your child to move up to first grade, then gather evidence proving to the teacher that your child is capable and ready to move on.  

If your child end up being retained, ask the school questions like:
Will my child have the same teacher?
What interventions are going to be in place to help your child next year?
If they suspect a learning problem, what testing will be conducted and when?
How can you help your child over the summer and next year?

Also, have a talk with your child.  You can start the conversation by asking:
How do you feel about being in Kindergarten again?
What did you like best about it?
What didn't you like about it?
What do you think you are good at when at school?
What do you think you can do better?
How can I help you?

The end of the school year is coming to an end quickly, so time is not on your side.  Make the time in your schedule to meet with the school staff at their earliest connivence.  

Hope that helps.

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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hello, Adding to the excellent Expert suggestions you received, here are some additional informational resources you may find helpful...

The Great Debate Surrounding Grade Retention
http://www.education.com/blog/lkauffman/2009/05/grade-retention-and-social-promotion/

The Parent's Guide to Kindergarten
http://www.education.com/grade/kindergarten/

The Parent's Guide to First Grade
http://www.education.com/grade/first-grade/

Educator/Parent Relationships
http://www.education.com/topic/parent-teacher-relationship/

You may also want to review the responses received by other parents with similar questions about grade retention: http://www.education.com/answers/search/?searchTerms=grade+retention

Thank you for asking, and all the best to you in advocating for your child's success at school.
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