I am retaining one. He was flagged for retention in 1st grade but his mom fought it. Halfway through the year she shows up unannounced at my lunch asking to have him moved back to 1st grade This student has made no growth all year on his AIMSWeb R-CBM and still needs to make tally marks to add. He cannot subtract with regrouping at all, nor does he have a solid foundation with place value. He's simply lost He is reading on a level 9/10 (barely...benchmark is 23/24.) He is going to be tested for SpEd early next year. I feel confident retention will help this child, but it's always hard just the same! He's very immature and has missed 21 or 22 days of school (and has had similar attendance in K and 1st.) From what I hear, he wants to be retained because he hates school. It's too hard for him. Poor guy.