Originally Posted by LynnS6
Has your daughter been classified as "Talented and Gifted"? (often called "TAG" but other schools use other acronyms). If she is, then you might have some legal grounds to demand differentiated instruction.
Can open. Worms everywhere.
No, she does not qualify as gifted. She topped out on the school-administered IQ test -- she got the highest possible score, more than a standard deviation above their criterion for gifted identification. She scored 83%ile on the achievement test, but needed 95%ile, so no services.
DD has asked her teachers since kindy to move ahead (mostly on math, but also for more interesting reading in the classroom), but she's not a kid that will keep asking after repeatedly being told 'no'. So she didn't score 95%ile by grade level in the 3rd month of second grade yet has been asking to learn more, and is being told that she can't move ahead.
I got told today by the gifted teacher at another school in the district that I need prep DD for the test (totally against my child-led learning home) to ensure she gets in on her next chance in April. Getting into gifted will help some by getting the attention of the school, but the school still doesn't differentiate as a part of the curriculum until 4th grade.
A disparity in cognitive ability and achievement is not viewed as a red flag.
Because she needs differentiation beyond what the teacher says she can provide, the teacher has requested help formally through the school. The Integrative Assistance Team is not something the school is legally required to follow through on by any deadline. I've been harassing them to schedule the blasted meeting, and they offered a date that the whole school, including the teacher, will be on a field trip. (And I'll be out of town).
Originally Posted by CarrieMF
My youngest is currently in Grade 2. This is how their reading is done at school.
It may be happening with your dd, but in a way that she doesn't think it is happening. If these are the type of questions you're asking all you're going to get is a "no" answer. You are asking yes/no questions. You need to ask more open ended questions to get more information.
Reading is one of those subjects that gets integrated into EVERY other subject. most assignments are read this & answer questions based on it. The teacher can get from that answer sheet whether your child is comprehending what she's reading. Most classes around here have assignments where the kids write something & read it out loud to the entire class.
Does your dd have only 1 teacher or does she have multiple teachers for different subjects?
Where are you getting that your dd reads at a 4th-7th grade level. Is it just reading ability or is it comprehension too?
My open ended questions, which I've been asking for 2 years, get very vague responses. In short, DD has no pre-conceived notion of what should happen in school, and her distinct weakness is in self-expression, so getting these details do not come as a matter of course. We get almost nothing coming home in completed work. The writing we see that comes home does not seem to be in response anything DD's read. I have asked yes/no questions knowing that I might not be hitting on the actual assessment/instruction method that's actually happening. Hence my questions I posted here.
DD has had the same teacher for two years now. She had math with a different teacher last year (4 classrooms of 1/2 classes, 1st graders grouped and 2nd graders grouped for math only).
My 4th-7th grade reading level comes from the teacher telling me that DD's reading level is above anything in the classroom, with the classroom not having any books at DRA>38. I look that up as being ~end of 3rd grade level. DD reads science books and then integrates the information she learned in the books that I look up to be ~7th grade level. She's also devouring fiction that on the scholastic "book alike" tool are leveled at 6-7 grade level. She clearly understands the plot, integrates new vocabulary she learns from the books into her speech, and draws parallels with other things she's read.