“Oh, she’ll catch up,” is what Jane recalled her daughter Susan’s teachers saying throughout first and second grades. Susan, now 12, was in the lowest reading group in her classroom but teachers assured Jane that Susan was very bright and would catch up shortly.
In truth, Susan wasn’t catching up. As peers began moving past her in reading, Jane became more anxious and worried. Their collective frustration levels — both Susan’s and her parents—soon reached a breaking point, especially after they’d hired a tutor to help improve her reading in the fall of second grade.