Paige Posted June 18, 2012 Share Posted June 18, 2012 What do you do with kids who obviously thoroughly know the material but test very poorly? When in PS, my DS, who was actually ahead of the class by quite a bit, tested so poorly that he was frequently put in lower levels, not allowed to advance (stupid AR tests), and was not given appropriate math or reading material. We pulled him out and I've been working with him on paying attention, being neat, and remembering to answer the questions asked and not the question he thinks should be asked, but he is no better. I gave him his end of year math test and he scored a 62%! When I went over it with him, every problem he missed was the result of either answering the wrong problem, writing the answers in the wrong place, being so messy he can't read his own writing and copying incorrectly or I misread it, or sloppy measurements because he was going too fast, or some other stupid mistake. With no help from me, he was able to quickly give me the correct answers for everything he missed. I don't know what to do. I'm happy he knows the material so well, but frustrated that he can't perform well. He's on meds for ADHD but so far there's been no improvement in these kinds of things. I'm thinking of making him redo the test, but I'm not sure if that will do anything but make me feel better and him more frustrated. After he did his test, I told him to check it before he gave it to me. He whined that it was unnecessary but eventually he said he did it and found 2 mistakes. I believe him when he says he's trying to do his best. I'm scared that if we don't find a way to overcome this lack of attention to detail or whatever it is that is causing him to test so poorly (his homework's not much better), that he will be the super smart person who is repeatedly fired for making too many mistakes, or that he won't be able to even get into college because of poor scores, or he'll flunk out and be depressed. He doesn't see why it is a problem if he knows the material, but it really worries me for his future. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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