Well, this is my first post in this forum...Heard you ladies are a wealth of info and support...I'll get right down to it.
DD is 7 and just finishing 1st grade (in CT). She has been behind in reading and writing since the end of Kinder last year.
After doing much research after her first conference mid fall, we discovered that like my DH, she is showing all the classic signs of dyslexia. ( I know this is a controversial term and it might be a combo of LDs, but according to every check list we've seen, she meets all the benchmarks for what they call dyslexia).
In December, they started her in a special reading class with a literacy specialist. We stupidly assumed that if they felt the need, they would have called a PPT. They never did and we remained aware of her reading difficulties, but assured that she was making progress. Stupid, silly us! They hit us at the end of April with the fact that she will be expected to attend summer school or risk retention. We called a PPT.. We were told at the PPT, that not only was she being required to attend summer school they were also going to retain her. After the shock wore off, we called another meeting of the 'team' to inform them that this was not acceptable. Retention will destroy this child emotionally. They seem to not care a wit. From what we can tell by state statute, if she were confirmed as LD or ESL, retention would not be an option, she would be promoted with services in place. They plan to "continue their evaluation as she repeats first grade to find out if she is eligible for services. Our question was "well, WTF have you been doing for the past 6 months?" We mentioned the possibility of dyslexia and the school psyc literally came out of his seat saying - "that's a medical term and we don't deal with that"
so....here we stand, We have decided to not sign the retention form (which requires yet another meeting - why I have no idea) and and agree to summer school by signing the for "with prejudice and under protest" adding that we reserve the right to withdraw our consent when testing results are in. We have an appointment to have her tested independently starting on June 9th. My understanding from what we were told at the meeting is that if she were certified with an LD, retention would not happen. (we still might consent to summer school - it might actually not be a horrible thing for her to keep up with the skills she has acquired).
So...we have been in contact with an advocate, (was told to go to this meeting and call her again if it didn't go well) we are having her tested....
What else should we be doing?