Grades

    Re: Kindergarten Teachers Retention Practices
    DonnaR/CA

    Before I answer your questions, I should add a caveat: I
    have only been in my current Kinder assignment for two
    years. Before that, I was in Music and in 5th grade.
    However, as a music teacher, I usually knew what was going
    on in the school when it came to retentions.

    > 1. How often have you retained children in kindergarten
    > during your career?

    None of my students were retained last year. This year, I
    took in 2 students who had been retained *by their parent*.
    They were simply not ready for kindergarten in the first
    place.

    > 2. Has there been change in their philosophy/practice of
    > retaining children in kindergarten since starting
    > teaching?

    No, not really. We still don't retain in kinder unless the
    parent requests it, or if the child is very, very immature.
    (The latter problem has been somewhat solved by the
    "transitional kindergarten" in CA these days, where a child
    who turns 5 between September 1st and December 2nd is
    enrolled in Pre-K then in regular K the following year.)

    > 3. What criteria do you use in making the decision to
    > retain a child in kindergarten?

    See above.

    > 4. Who else is involved in the decision making?

    Parents and principal, and to a degree, the special ed
    department chair and psychologist.

    > 5. What is done to ensure that children do not suffer a
    > loss of self-esteem or stigmatization by other children?

    Since we haven't done it in so long except by parent
    demand, I'd say it was up to the parent.

    Donna