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shukrik May 28, 2013


My son's English teacher told my son today that he will fail the Reading SOL (VA) test because my could not explain the meaning of a word on piece of persuasive reading that the class was working on. The teacher called him after the class and said, " Sorry to embarrass you, but you will fail the SOL test." My son was very upset about this and could not say a word. I would like to write an email to the teacher but am not sure how to approach. The test will on Thursday and I am concerned that my son will not perform well on the test because of what happened to him. How do I deal with this situation. I want to reach out the teacher and basically ask her why she said what she said and if she thinks he will fail how can I and the school help him not to fail. I know we only have one day until the testing day.
Any suggestion is appreciated.
My son is in middle school.

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MagnetMom June 3, 2013


Hi shukrik, and welcome to GreatSchools Parent Community.

You have the right idea. I would definitely reach out, and assume the best. Maybe this was the teacher's attempt to inspire your son by challenging him.

Even if he does not perform well, it's a good idea to find out what steps will be taken by the school to improve his outlook for next year.

Let us know what happens.

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FRSandpiper June 4, 2013


Sometimes teachers forget how they come across. I think this was absolutely inappropriate for the teacher to say to your son, but I expect it was intended to be a kick in the butt, not a kick in the groin. I would probably approach it with, "I know my son doesn't always hear what he needs to hear, but this is what he reported to me, and I was wondering if he heard it correctly..."



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