Hey everyone! I have an 8th grade student in my Algebra I class that is really struggling. I had him last year for Pre-Algebra and he struggled with that also, but he stayed after twice a week with me for tutoring and managed to end up with a B- in the class. This year, however, he's just not retaining anything. He pays attention in class and volunteers, but gets rules mixed up. It's like he's just memorizing stuff for the test. If I were to give him the same test he took last week tomorrow, he would probably do worse. In class, when we're doing, say, multi-step equations on the board, he can tell me exactly what to do to get the answer. However, when he's taking a test, he forgets everything and is constantly coming up to my desk asking if he's doing the problems right. His mom is at her wits end and wants to know what else we can do for him. I have no idea what to tell her. He's being tested tomorrow to see if he has a learning disability, but the lady in charge of that said she doesn't think he does based on his MEAP scores and his previous math grades. I've tried having him take the test in another room, thinking he was being distracted, but that didn't help. I just don't know what else to do for him. He's such a good kid, and he tries REALLY hard and it breaks my heart to hand him back a test that he failed when I know he busted his butt preparing. Any advice from veteran teachers out there?