Ok, I know most teachers are feeling the pressure of more and more tests and standards. However, I believe the pushing and increasing of expectations is incredibly innappropriate for kindergartners. Today I received an email from the school psychologist that she was looking at running record scores for kindergarten students with my principal and they are concerned about 3 of my students. I am supposed to take these students to our school's building consultation team. These students are all very young kinders who turned 5 just before school started in September. They entered pretty low, and now can identify all of their letters and all but 3 or 4 letter sounds. They are also all reading at a guided reading A level. They have made AMAZING progress!!! I feel like all they need is time and they will catch up to their classmates. They are not developmentally ready to be strong readers. It hasn't "clicked" for them yet, but it will. They just need time. They have only been alive for 5 years, for Pete's sake!!! However, I feel like I am supposed to figure out what is "wrong" with them. I feel so sad that they can't just be little kids anymore.