I had a 1st Grade student this year who scored in the 97% percentile on the spatial reasoning test we give to identify GT kids. He is extremely bright, impresses me daily with the connections he can make, uses new vocab, great at problem-solving, etc. The problem is he can't read or even really write phonetically. We've gotten to the point now where he can sound out and blend words (beginning of the year he couldn't even identify letters or sounds so we started from scratch). He read 40 out of the 60 words on the required high frequency word test. I went through the IAT process, they are going to submit him for dyslexia testing (notoriously slow process-was warned it could take years). I know there has to be something preventing this child from being able to read. With RTI accomodations (reading tests to him, etc.) he can pass assignments easily. Without them he is bright enough to usually figure out the answer more often than not-especially if it's multiple choice and he has enough time to sound everything out. We're in summer school right now and I can't decide what to do with him. If he's retained, I'm not sure redoing any of that instruction is going to help him improve. I know he will be bored to tears because in all other subject areas he's mastered everything-even regrouping in math. If he is promoted, I know the teacher that gets him will probably throw a hissy-fit because he's in 2nd Grade and can't read. They'll have to go back to their basics like I did this year. They've removed his GT label (which really eats my lunch because it's not like he's no longer gifted)--but he will be in a regular class next year regardless of whether it's 1st or 2nd. Anyone have any experience with this or advice? I'm really struggling with what would be the best thing for him.