Now, at the end of second grade, the classroom teacher has suggested that we consider retaining him again. His performance in the classroom is average to above average except for reading. His teacher is concerned about the amount of effort and overall work he has to put into reading and writing and thinks retaining him will give him a chance to catch up and be a shining star. He does read at a second-grade level, but that is below the classroom average.
This is the third year that the classroom teacher has suggested retaining him. Are we doing the right thing by moving him on? His maturity is average, he's well behaved in the classroom, happy, and has friends. We think reading is just going to be hard work for him. What do you think? Do you see any benefits in retaining him?
If the school is so concerned about his performance, why aren't they providing him with services in class? There should be a range of acceptable performance in his class. Research has long shown that there is no benefit to most kids to have them repeat the grade unless you are also going to give them a change in program. It doesn't sound like any direct services are being offered here.
If your son has made good progress with the Orton-Gillingham tutor, continue. Also, he will probably be eligible for Section 504 modifications because of his dyslexia. This would give him extended time to complete any tests he is given in school. This is an important support he may need while he is strengthening his reading skills. It undoubtedly takes him longer to read than other students. Talk to your school guidance counselor or other appropriate support staff about obtaining these program modifications for him.