The school wanted to retain my son who has an IEP for OT, PT and Speech. They insisted he repeat second grade. I disagreed.
Now in third grade, his teachers want to send him back to second grade. They say his writing is not on par with a “normal” third grader’s writing.
He grasps all concepts of the curriculum, but has a cognitive processing issue. He has difficulty understanding directions and the details of assignments.
Should I let the school retain him?
Specialized instruction, provided through an individualized education program (IEP), should be meeting your son’s unique needs.
Retention is not a form a specialized instruction.
Didn’t Work the First Time
Since his instruction in second grade the first time through did not meet his needs, it does not seem logical to repeat that again. Doing what did not work the first time makes no sense.
Meeting his needs through the IEP would be the logical approach.
The IEP can provide
- year round school
- a longer school day
- as much individual teaching and related services as it takes to meet his needs
Then, hire an experienced advocate in your area to work with you to get an IEP that meets your son’s needs.
To find the experienced advocate, call the special education attorneys in your state who represent parents in due process hearings and ask them who they recommend as an advocate.
If you need to look further, these directories should help.