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    Reading comprehension matters. Kindly ask for clarification before you jump to taking offense. Responses to my posts which feature gaslighting, character assassination and so forth are ignored.

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  1. Our Academic Support is for anyone who needs it long term and will use it - usually emotional (divorce, death of family member, etc) and dsylexia but that's our demographics combined with exit exams and a focus on graduating with a Regent's Diploma. Thanks to state mandates, its common here for nonclassroom teachers to have enough unscheduled time that they can be assigned to Academic Support and to Study Hall. Students who are being dragged over the line have other options - night high school and homebound being the preferred. Right now, the focus for SKL is what's available that can help her child succeed. Sometime GC won't mention as they don't know the child well enough, so always good to ask.
  2. Does the high school have reg ed Algebra options? Sometimes they offer A. a two year version, one period daily ; extra time is devoted to breaking concepts down into small parts and to practice & reteach B. a one year version, two periods daily; second period is remediation of gaps, same teacher both periods. Also inquire about an Academic Support class which is not restricted to special ed but its a period daily where they can get help with any questions in a small group setting. The study halls here have an option with a math teacher...students can be assigned to a specific section with a certified math teacher to get math help with their homework or any questions that weren't answered in class. Kind of like office hours daily. I would not wait until summer. Hire someone to oversee her daily math study. Most likely her study skills need massive improvement and that will pay off rapidly. Is there an NHS tutor she could work with daily at school?
  3. The person that needs triple time/reader/scribe is okay, that will be a hands on job with oral delivery of info - manufacturing engineer, process engineer or something that allows the use of adapted technology. The ones I know are all visual/spatial, and were abused by the K12 teachers for deep thinking solutions rather than spouting off obvious answers...takes them a while to debate themselves on a test and sometimes a few years into the workplace demands. And sometimes bad handwriting as the public K12schools no longer teach penmanship or have the funding for remediation of writing an exam takes a long time due to legibility demands. They get there. The one that can't do basic math is either very theoretical and is using touch to come back to earth or is lost, with no estimation skills, and will be going into a technician role. Or they have a nutritional deficiency (not uncommon among college students, but increasing numbers due to the genetic issues around the folic acid in the US food supply) and their memory is coming and going, so they are compensating.
  4. the answer for your son is that he needs to build fluency. If he's fluent after one pass, he's placed inappropriately.
  5. Does the current school have the resources to remediate, or are you expected to hire a private tutor? Its past time to talk with the high school guidance counselor. Must get ball rolling so student is placed correctly for next year.
  6. I asked if he is familiar, because if he is that means the school is actually teaching the terms needed to understand the questions and respond appropriately. I've had my kid marked well under where he reads at because the school didn't teach the terms used in the above grade level tests, and the test giver can't explain them during the test. Personally I just used the Great Source Reader's Handbook and flipped thru a Spectrum grade level workbook to see what was missing, then gap filled via lit discussion and selected units from the spectrum book and a reading test prep book. I'd also recommend afterschooling vocab/word roots and listening to read-alouds or watching nature shows or myth busters. LoriD will probably stop in and give you a nice list of lit for boys this age/stage. What chapter books has he read successfully? What's he interested in?
  7. What is his DRA level? Has he ever taken a DRA assessment before? In your writing afterschooling, have you taught outlining?
  8. What evidence has been presented to show that the student is 'behind' in reading? Has his vision been examined ?
  9. I'd treat it as if I was teaching a person who did not know English. Start with words in the environment and survival skills that he is interested in knowing and use them to teach words & phonics. If he has internet access, point him at starfall.
  10. Anxiety about word problems for us came from dysteachia combined with a harsh scoring system - no partial credit. turns out there was no partial credit because the teacher did not know how to do word only the answer was considered, not the solution. We took the anxiety off by ignoring the grade and using afterschooling to formally teach how to problem solve. In elementary school that was with Zaccarro, in middle school that was Dolciani. The standard accomodation seems to be a graphic organizer, which was always so cramped my dysgraphic kid couldn't use it. He used plain paper so he had the room to fit everything he needed on there, sometimes turned sideways, and organized himself linearly, using a page for each problem solving step. I have learned not to bother with the teacher. If they were making an effort, they'd already have offered re-teach, remediation and scratch paper and contacted me. The others need direction from the Principal or the School Psychologist and it will be done grudgingly. Test anxiety is almost always from not knowing the material, sometimes from not knowing test format. In the evening study time, take the effort to go thru the story problem material with her and confirm her problem solving skills are appropriate or not. Practice solving story problems as a test, with scratch paper. Listen to her fears and come up with a test taking plan. If she has the option of using a pen, send her with a pen that gives the right proprioceptive feedback for her hand and do all practice with pen. She should be studying math daily,her teacher should have explained what that study consists of.
  11. Keen untility oxford workshoes or the knockoff . slip resistant is a must for this environment. If his next job needs steel toes, consider getting steel toes now.
  12. No, not accurate at all. Depends too much on outside prep and the timing doesn't allow for a gifted unprepped child to reason out two close answers. The SAT 10 was spot on.
  13. You should get your bloodwork done. There are many other things that will make you fatigued, including excess vitamin D.
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