I apologize for the long post, but I’d like to tell the whole story to get your professional opinions. My oldest daughter is in her first year of kindergarten. We had parent teacher conferences in October and found out she was falling behind. We enrolled her in the title program at school and started working with her consistently each night on her letter sounds, sight words, blending words and reading short books. She seemed to be improving from what we could see at home. I followed up with her teacher about a month later and was informed she was making progress and to keep working on it. We had parent teacher conferences last week and were informed our daughter is not to where they would like her and they are advising we hold her back for an additional year of kindergarten. We were floored by this. We knew she was likely still behind, but we didn’t realize she was that far behind. She knows her site words and letters/sounds and can blend letter to make words but has poor handwriting, trouble writing sentences unassisted and getting her thoughts on paper for journaling. She also has trouble focusing and participating in class. I want my daughter to excel in school, but I am unsure if holding her back is the right choice for her. She is currently 6 and will turn 7 in November. She is already one of the oldest kids in her current class. Her teacher says age is just a number and she’s never heard any regrets from parents who repeat school years. I realize she must be very far behind for this recommendation at her age but I feel like there has to be another solution. We have taken a few actions so far. We have contacted her doctor and set up an educational evaluation to ensure she doesn’t have a learning disability. We won’t test/get the results back from that for around a month. We have also contacted tutors and plan to get her started with them as soon as possible and through the summer in the hopes that all of this will help get her caught up enough that her teacher feels comfortable with moving her into 1st grade. I just hope it’s enough. If anyone has any advise or experiences with this type of situation, I would appreciate the input. Thanks in advance!