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Posted on March 17, 2015 5:03 am
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HaXeSy
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Retention
I have a second grad ESOL student who has not achieved but 35% growth this school year. Great there is growth, however, he is still significantly below grade level. At my current school, administration does not like to retain any student who is an ELL. This particular student would benefit tremendously from retention and his ESOL, EIP, and RtI teacher are all in agreeance. How do I convince his mother that retention would be in the student's best interest?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 1, 2015 6:38 pm

Sutede
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It would not be recommended that you, the teacher, should ever recommend that a child be retained. That is an administrative concern and should be handled based on school district policies. The student needs intensive intervention and support that will continue into his next grade level. The only suggestion that you can make is (and it should be to administration etc only) is to have the student attend summer school to reinforce and enhance any strides he has made through the school year.
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eZuGeQ
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Useful tips and information.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 5:17 am

neHaGy
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If I were in this situation, I would exactly do this
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:24 pm

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Posted October 12, 2015 5:52 pm

uhaBeJ
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I have found that talking to parents about their child is a delicate situation. I try to think about what I would do if it was my child. I think it would be important to help her to understand that you are not retaining him because of his language status but because he has failed to acquire the necessary skills. (I would only consider retaining him if that was the case.) If he simply has a language deficiency, that can be addressed as he moves forward.
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neHaGy
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great idea!
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:24 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 18, 2015 10:46 pm

Dan G
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IF you and other teachers are all in agreeance that the student would benefit tremendously from retention I would definitely set up in interview that includes you as well as the students other teachers and his mother. I would first express that her child is making progress just not as much as you and the other teachers would like to see. Then you could suggest retention and the benefits to her child.
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Posted February 25, 2016 10:31 pm

BeMyDu
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It did not state in your case whether this student was in his first year of an ESOL program. If that is the case, 35% growth is great and I would not recommend retention since the student is most likely still adapting to his new surroundings.
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Posted July 10, 2017 3:42 am

uReZyW
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I think every case is different. You can not suggest retention if this is his/her first year in the country.It will be important to find out his proficiency level check his original assessment and also check any WIDA score. I think it all the depends on the situation. You can present your arguments on the benefits of retention however you have to be flexible and recognize that ESOL students also require more time to learn things, you do not want to keep him away from his/her potential.
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