I've posted previously about my DD being in TK here in CA. She had a "lunch date" with her teacher today (which is basically a mini-assessment of skill level), and when I came to pick her up, her teacher told me, "you're right; she knows A LOT!" I had told the teacher prior to the start of school that I think my DD was actually prepared for Kindergarten rather than TK.
Her teacher told me prior to school starting that she had never utilized the school district bylaw that allows for testing of a child on a case by case basis, and in so many words, told me that she wouldn't test DD.
Now, teacher is admitting that my DD is really pretty advanced for her class, but said not to worry because she'll be breaking the class up into smaller groups where they'll all be focusing on different skills and that even if DD is the only one who's reading that she'll be assisted with that. Well...that got me to thinking, and I wrote her an email. I just wanted to get some feedback from teachers before I send it.
Do you think I should press the issue or just leave it alone? I don't want to be the "pain in the ass parent', but I want to make sure that my DD gets the education she's entitled to. Thanks!
Letter is below:
Hi Ms. ___________,
I just wanted to let you know that __________ really enjoyed her lunch with you today. After our exchange at pick up I realized I had a few questions:
I understand that the kids will be grouped into "like" sets for the staggered class, and that the kids will be broken into smaller groups to focus on skills during the day as well, but something that occurred to me is that, if she's the only one at her skill level (i.e.: reading / writing), I'm worried that she might feel ostracized or left out if the other kids are doing activity A or B and she's the only one doing activity C. Is that a valid concern?
Also, I realize that you have never utilized the testing option to put a student into Kindergarten who didn't already make the cut off, but after having an opportunity to evaluate ____________, do you still feel that she would do better to stay in TK? There are a few reasons why I ask you again: 1) Changing classrooms / classes this early in the school year would be less disruptive to everyone involved, and 2) if she's already on a Kindergarten level now, what will her options be for next year and going forward?
I hope you understand, I don't mean to be irritating or difficult, I honestly just want what's best for my daughter and to give her the most fulfilling experience she can have at school. I am happy to discuss this further with you either in person or on the phone if you think it would be beneficial.
I really appreciate you taking the time to discuss these issues with me.
on Sep. 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM