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Though she is unaware, my 9 year old may not get to attend the school she has been at since kindergarten. It is a Magnet school and she need 75% on both Math and Reading to be granted a seat and she has 95% math but her reading, when she last took the test in 2nd grade, was only 50%. They won't test again till 5th grade, though she is now reading on the 6th grade level, she has lost her spot. The school district won't retest the reading portion of the ITBS. She is going to be devastated and the move is going to be really rough for her. Don't know what to do. ;-( Working with the principal, but he can't make any promises.
When did they tell you this? If your daughter is 9, then she is likely in 3rd grade. Why didn't they ask you to leave at the end of 2nd grade?
In any case, here's what I'd do though it costs some money. Have your daughter privately tested - by a private educational psychologist or a reading specialist. Explain the situation to them and that you need your daughter's reading tested using the ITBS.
Then go to the Principal and the School District with your daughter's new test results in hand - be nice - but if the Principal and the school don't respond nicely by saying "Of course your daughter may stay now that you've verified her reading skills" then tell them you will seek a lawyer's advice.
If you absolutely cannot afford the private testing, I would tell them then you're going to seek a lawyer's advice. But the best way to go about this is to have her tested so you can demonstrate that her reading skills are where they need to be. Good luck with this. I think you can prevail in this matter and that your daughter will able to stay in the school she loves.78875
Found out about 2 weeks before school was out. Yes she just completed 3rd grade. She was there in a "neighborhood seat", but they have an influx of students so she is being bumped.;-(
I have tried to find someone to give her the ITBS Reading, but the publishers are very strict and don't seem to allow it to be given to students attending a public school by anyone BUT that school district and they won't retest her. She won't take the test again till 5th grade. ;-( 78876
In my opinion if they let her stay for another grade after she didn't get the score needed a year ago, then they have accepted that she is still capable of the work. You can't tell someone they can't stay based on a score they got a year ago, especially when she has proved that score to now be an inaccurate measure of her competence.
There are many other tests that a private tester can give to show ability. If necessary, appeal directly to your superintendent with the private results in hand, I'd even be prepared to go to the local press if it comes to it, especially if she will now have to go to a school that isn't acceptable to you.78990
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