My son's 2nd grade teacher, counselors etc have recommended special ed for my just turned 8 year old. In addition they are hinting strongly towards having him repeat 2nd grade. My son has been tested up one side and down the other. His problem areas are reading and writing. He is above average in audio/verbal comprehension and vocabulary. He is average in math. He has no behavioral problems other than an inability to stay focused on his school work. The MD says he looks like a healthy kid. My wife and I are basically happy with his teacher and the administration and have confidence in their judgment. It looks like retention is going to be a close call. My wife is devastated over it because she thinks it will be very hard on my son. I'm sure she's right. We've been considering a move because we are not pleased with the direction the school district is headed (the principle and our teacher are jumping ship at the end of the year). My wife thinks maybe this would be a good time to move on giving our son a fresh start at a new school if it turns out retention is in order. Moving represents a hardship for us for a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with but we'll do it if it appears to be in the best interest of our son. Would any of you veteran teachers comment? How can we ease the pain for my son if he is held back and has to watch his friends move on?