What do I do when a student is significantly below grade-level and not catching on?
One thing you might want to do is check with her previous school district to see if she already has an IEP. Many parents hide the fact that their child is in Special Ed and hope that a new situation will make the problem go away.
If you don’t know how to do this, ask your ESE staffing specialist to check with the former school district or districts. Because of her grade level difficulties, I suspect that it has been addressed before.
The fact that she doesn’t remember some information may indicate an auditory process or memory deficit. If you do a lot of overhead work or verbal teaching, you might try to make sure she has a desk copy of anything you are discussing. You can also create a graphic organizer so that she can write in salient facts as you go along. This helps support her memory.
As a few people have suggested contact her old school to see if they picked up any problems while she was there, but you need to speak to the girls parents to get permission to contact the other school.
Speak to your principal about having her tested for a learning disability, again you will need to seek permission from the parents. You may have to explain why you want to have her tested, and the benefits of having her tested e.g if she has a LD she may qualify for support services.
My daughter has ADHD, ODD and Dyslexia and was diagnosed at the age of 9, she was held back on the advice of the teachers, and it was a huge mistake, as she was bullied and teased for being “dumb” etc.
Making me feel for this young girl, but if she does have a LD then it is possible that she can stay where she is, if provided with a teachers aide (if costs allow), and the teachers aide can do some intensive work with her, to pick up on her deficits and encourage her to excel in the stronger subjects.
I have included a few links with some good information on how to support students with learning disabilities which may help.
As a side note many states make it where if you hold a student back then the entire SAT process has to start all over and the child will not qualify for Special Education…so check your states special education laws.
Also yes have the districts special education office call her old school and see if she wasnt already in special ed at her old school. Sometimes parents won’t tell you thier kid was in any special programs when they come to an old school.
tell her you will like talk about how to help your daughter.
What is the best way
You would like her tested for learning disabilities
Also send a copy to the Principal
The school needs to get back with you
I’ve never been held back but i would be sad and want to cry if i did..
I feel bad for the poor little girl =[
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