Youth who struggle with reading are particularly at risk for school failure as so much of what goes on in schools evolve around books, particularly as the child moves to higher grade levels.
Federal special education law is pretty clear that anyone who knows of some youth with potential learning disabilities can make referrals. The process for acquiring an IEP is dependent on student qualification and should unfold at a quick clip, as the kind of circumstance you are describing should be avoided.
I thank you for your service to youth via tutoring! I think we need not only the reading and other basic literacy skills as a foundation, but wonderful relations between youth and adult-mentors.
Again, thanks for your post and thoughts, though I hope circumstance turns toward the better for this young lady!
I agree with Randy. I think a lot of our children are being “pushed out.” I had a 7 yr. old girl I started mentoring at the end of last year while she was in first grade. I quickly discovered in working with her that she could not read. However, they passed her to second grade, and now this year she still has made no progress in reading, and although it has been requested, no IEP has been done as of yet. As much as I tried to tutor her, I could not help her; I believe she has a learning disability. My fear is that is that she will get passed on to third grade still without and IEP, and still unable to read. She is becoming more and more stubborn in her efforts to learn, I can only imagine how much she will have checked out emotionally by middle school, let alone high school. It really angers me that there has been no efforts by anyone; including the mother, to intervene on her behalf.
With pressure for speedy reforms, ready fixes, media sound-bites, and a great story, we don’t take the time to really know issues.
Or such is my thinking!]]>