I am new to the community :) My son is 8 years old and struggles with reading comprehension. His teachers have recommended him repeating the 2nd grade primarily because they are afraid he will not be able to pass the required TAKS test in the 3rd grade... of course if he does not pass the TAKS next year he would be retained automatically . Since he is passing on his report card, this would be voluntary on our part. My husband and I do not know what to do. All the research I have done says that repeating the same material doesn't always work in the long run and they are no better off than those children who were promoted. I am afraid that retaining him might cause problems with his self esteem and being the oldest and biggest kid in the class. We have talked to him about the possibility of staying back a year and he is already upset about the notion. I just want to do what is right for him to make him successful. Have any of you been thru this and have any suggestions?