His biggest problem is that the work he is being asked to do at school is significantly below his ability. He loves challenges like adding 2 and 3 digit numbers. At school he is still doing 7+7 and such. I think he got so bored that he just doesn't care anymore. He failed a school placement test because he just kept clicking random buttons to get it over with.
This can't be the first time a school has had this happen. I'd schedule a meeting quickly before he moves to remedial math.
First off, you need to find out why the teacher wants him in remedial math. Is he not paying attention? Is it the placement test scores?
Your goal is to get the teacher on your side, and to be 100% on the teacher's side. You are working together to help your child, and you need to completely hear her out.
She may say that he needs to go down to remedial math because:
- He's not fast enough with his calculations (could be attention)
- He's not focusing on his work and completing it (could also be attention)
- He's disturbing other children
If the placement test is a big deal, ask to have it redone. If possible, redone with one-to-one support. You'll need to talk to your child in advance and explain that if you goof around with the easy problems, they will think you don't know the answer. To get fun work, you need to try your best, even on the easy problems.
Otherwise, you'll have to work on getting the teacher to understand that his attention problems relate to the level of math. Don't tell her it's too easy for him (she'll say it isn't). Tell her that he loved math and now seems reluctant. Ask her why she thinks that has happened, why he's less engaged with the material.
In the end, I'd make sure to plant the suggestion that remedial math will make problems worse, rather than better. FWIW, a bright kid I know got moved to the remedial table because he couldn't focus. Turns out he had severe ADHD and needed medication. With medication, he's back at the top table. Working with the teacher will help you best find a way to help your child.