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By your description of her it sounds as though this would make a difference to her and she would always question it. I would agree with bathrobegoddess that reading should not be an evaluating factor at that age. I remember when my son finally "got it" with reading. One week he wasn't reading, the next week he was: it can happen that quick. I also agree that peers are a powerful motivator--upward or downward depending on the exposure. If your daughter knows she's held back, and then is with very young children most of the time, she might not be motivated to "catch up." If she's with 6-9 yr olds, she might be more likely to strive forward. So, I guess my opinion is to move her on with her classmates and ask the teachers what you can do to work with her at home or over the summer to help her move forward a little more.
I am hearing more about grade retention this year than at any time in the last 20 years. Do any teachers out there know what's going on ? Has there been a major shift in the educational thinking and policy about this? I know two kids this year who are being retained.
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