My odd class this year got a little odder a few weeks' back when a parent demanded a student be pulled from another 2nd grade class into mine, due to issues with the teacher. Happily enough, the kid seems happier in my classroom. However, this kid is at an early kindergarten level in pretty much everything. I had heard the other teacher's side of the story and was also a little concerned by the parents' notes in his folder. We had his conference today, and I was rather apprehensive about it. I decided to go into the conference with the intent to mostly listen, admit the kid had just barely arrived in my classroom and that I was still getting to know him, and just let Mom talk and tell me what I needed to know about her son. I had a few work examples and assessments, but it was mostly letting Mom explain her position and her son. I feel things went nicely. So, the issues: Once again, this kid is very low. His former teachers (the one from this year and from first grade) have been trying to work with him and he is officially receiving interventions. However, both his former teachers are older, old-school, and less tactful women, if I'm to be perfectly honest. From his other teacher this year, she told me she would try to pull him aside to work with him, give him work on his level, etc. Apparently this boy hates to be singled out and feel like he's not working with the group. (Once again, please note this quite a tough old bird of a teacher.) Mom's notes and what she told me at the conference was that her son is in fact very smart and highly intelligent, but needs to be treated just so. I showed her the boy's most recent DIBELS scores, taken about a week before he moved to my room. There was some nice improvement from the beginning of the year, but Mom says she's going to request permission from the principal to have him tested again on DIBELS, now that he's in my room. His writing samples were mainly his dictation, me with a highlighter, and him tracing--Mom tried to tell me this is perfectly normal for second grade. So on and so forth with every subject. He's really a cute kid, and he has apparently really opened up in my classroom. But if I were to gamble and simplify the problems as presented to me, the parents seem to be in denial about this kid's academic performance. They agreed to the interventions, but I don't think they quite get just where this kid is in comparison to the rest of the 2nd grade. My guess is they hated the idea he was being pulled aside for extra help in a way they saw as insensitive singling out (again, not the most tactful teachers.) They wanted to find a way to write off all his work as average for 2nd grade. Now, I am well aware giftedness can manifest itself in a variety of ways, but I don't think this kid is there. I want this to be a positive classroom for this kid and I want a good relationship with the parents. But I also want to find a way to work with this kid without being accused of "singling him out" and be on the same page as the parents as to where his abilities lie.