Wrong. The state admitted her into K last year as the state did for all October born 5 year olds. Different districts may have had other policies, though. Does it make sense to have a child repeat K twice?
It seems once you enter the system (after satisfying age requirements) you should then continue advancing based on your performance and not age. Under that your child should have been allowed to enter first grade without regard to his/her age.
On the other hand I have seen references in some schools systems in which they do not consider kindergarten as part of the primary education system and consider it as a kinda separate program all by itself.
This sort of thing can also happen moving from one state to another. I moved from MA to FL last year. My daughter has an Oct birthday. They took issue with her being 6 and entering second grade, and almost forced my daughter into repeating the first grade.
I made an issue of it, and interestingly enough my daughter performed at a more advanced level than anyone in her class (reading at 6th grade level and performing math at 5th). She was also on the honor roll for the entire year.
We seem to be lagging here in the Sunshine State still...back in the 80s I moved from AL to FL and effectively academically repeated the 9th grade year I spent in an AL Jr High during my sophomore year in a FL High School due to the curriculum differences
I dont like this new regulation. It doesnt give me the option of skipping transitional kindergarten, and some people say it's unfair to kids not born in that range due the the free extra year of schooling. My daughters are rather mature for their age, and I want them to opt out.... dont see a way out of it. BTW DR. J, they are sliding it back the date, but not really since they offer the schooling free for kids in that range.
AFAIK, this only applies to Kindergarten entrance, my daughter was born in 2008 and effected by this change BEFORE she is admitted to Kindergarten. There is some sort of grandfathering because these rules slide year to year, so if your child made the november cutoff, one year, they're good to go, but if you miss it once, you've missed it.
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