Retention & FAPE: What Does the Research Say?

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ISSN: 1538-320
June 20, 2017

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The school wants to retain my child. They say they know what's best for him. I don't know what to do?

Schools often use a "wait to fail" approach to retain students who cannot read, blaming the problem on "immaturity."

You need accurate information about retention.

You need to read the position statements and research on grade retention to clarify the retention discussion.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn about the "wait to fail" approach and find a sample letter you can use to request the school not retain your child, if that is the school's plan. Read the research on retention before you make a decision about what is best for your child.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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Retention? What's Best for My Child?

For those who are dealing with retention, you must educate yourself before you can take a rational position and advocate for a child. Read the research about retention and social promotion.


Why Retain if it Didn't Work the First Time?

If your child could have learned to read with the type and level of instruction he is currently receiving, he would have already learned to read. How will retention help?


Are There Any Benefits to Retention?

Research does not indicate there are benefits to retention.

Retaining kids, in hopes that maturity will cause them to learn to read, write, and spell, has been discredited for decades.


Sample Letter to Request the School NOT Retain

This sample letter describes a parents' concerns about the school's proposal to retain their child. It is a good example of using story-telling in letters to document events and describe your concerns.

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