Wethersfield, CT asked in Education Law for Rhode Island

Q: Can a student that has been formally accelerated (skipped a grade) and passed classes be retained (held back)?

We just moved to Rhode Island from Wisconsin. I have a student entering 6th grade. In WI she was identified as a Tier 2 General Intelligence learner in the RTI framework and had a formal subject acceleration (skipped a grade) in math and received in-class enrichment in other subject areas. Her transcripts clearly indicate that last year she successfully completed 6th grade math and 5th grade "everything else". We moved to RI this summer and the new principal says she has to repeat 6th grade math. Is this legal? I know that RI does not mandate "gifted and talented" programs and leaves that up to each district, but it does not seem right to me that she can be retained (held back) and forced to repeat a class. We are military and moving back to WI next summer and re-entering the same school system we just left and need her to stay on track. Any advice you can provide would be appreciated.

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: Contact an attorney practicing in education law to review your documents, and plans, to help come up with a plan.

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