There are many factors as to why a child is struggling, it could be environmental, a teaching fidelity issue, or perhaps learning or attention problems run in the family? Consider digging deeper to finding the root cause of the child's learning difficulties. It's important to find out his/her style of learning and adapt to this, rather than make him/her adapt to the instruction.
I realize that every case is different. I am writing to express my concern in general about the practice of retention and to open the discussion of what we know works and does not work from what the facts show from longitudinal studies. My hope is that it provides information for parents to carefully consider other options when deciding on whether or not to retain their child.
Dr. Dyanna Villesca