On 4/10/16, DonnaR/CA wrote:
> 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
>> 2. Has there been change in their philosophy/practice of
>> retaining children in kindergarten since starting
> 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.