Well we are within two weeks of school being out and my sons teacher just came to me and stated she feels that he should be retained. She is concerned because of the star reading test. He scored a 2.8 when they tested in Feb and when they tested him at the end of April he was at a 2.5. I tried to talk with her about the fact that he wasn't reading books that were at the 2.8 level and she responded by saying that has nothing to do with it. The thing is that he tested low at christmas and we insisted on him reading books that were in that upper reading level and he jumped a whole grade level. When he has tried picking out the books that were in that 2.8 level he was getting told no. We are having a meeting with her this week and we are going to let her know that we are not retaining him. She also told me some other things that i feel she should have told us months ago. If you were in my shoes what would u doAnswer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 3:00 PM on May. 8, 2010 in School-Age Kids (5-8)
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Answer by wallmom1 at 3:27 PM on May. 8, 2010
i would not hold him back and then during the summer go to the library or buy him books that he is interested in maybe try and challenge him with some harder chapter books with stories he'll be interested in he may just not enjoy reading because he has to read about things he doesn't care about and i would forget about whether the book is educational or not just anything that will hold his attention a lot of times teachers try and select books based on the class or something to cover as many students intrests as possible he may just not fall into a general student category right now it's more important to get him to enjoy what he is reading then it is to read what is necessary for school
Answer by jen699 at 3:51 PM on May. 8, 2010
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Answer by aly38914290 at 5:00 PM on May. 8, 2010
I don't think a STAR reading level is enough to go off of for retention. She'd need to present a LOT more information than that where I teach. Usually a child below grade level ACROSS THE BOARD is a candidate for possible retention. If your son has been making progress(even if slowly) as the year goes on, I don't see why she would even consider retention. That's a BIG DEAL.
Answer by KairisMama at 1:07 PM on May. 9, 2010
The teacher shouldn't be basing her decision on STAR reading. It's not designed to be a diagnostic assessment, but some teachers use it that way. I've seen kids gain 2 or more years taking the test later the same day. It's just not a reliable test.
What grade is he in? If he's in second grade a STAR score of 2.5 isn't really that far behind at all. Ask for a meeting with the teacher and an administrator or guidance counselor. Ask flat out why retention wasn't mentioned earlier. Ask what criteria besides STAR reading the teacher is basing her recommendationon. If they have other data that says your son is behind, support the retention. If not, fight it. Definitely make sure that someone else at that school knows the teachers is bringing this up this late in the year. It sounds like she dropped the ball with your son and is trying to cover her butt.
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