My 11-year-old son, grade 5, is behind a little socially. He has no real friends who seek him out or invite him over. He says he wants to be in normal classes with friends.
He is in resource now for spelling and math, and has always been an average reader, but is slipping.
Next year in middle school, he should be in either resource classes or an inclusion model.
His teacher says she sees benefits for retaining. Otherwise, she advised us to put “everything we can into the IEP for grade 6.”
Should we retain him?
I see no information that would even remotely justify retention.
You do not need to retain your son in order to get an appropriate IEP. You know that is not true.
You need to back up and look at your long-term plan.
Your son’s 6th grade IEP should contain everything he needs, regardless of what school model he is in.
An IEP is not a gift or a consolation prize. It is your son’s right.
Instruction – A Red Flag
Being “in resource for spelling and math, has always been an average reader but is slipping” is a red flag that his teacher’s instruction is currently inadequate. [Read more →]