Dayvon Terrell of Detroit, Michigan, was recently failed by his third grade teacher, Mrs. Deborah Leigh.
"Unfortunately, Davyon did not meet the standardized reading comprehension benchmark," Ms. Leigh explained.
"He simply can't move on to fourth grade without being able to read five letter words."
His scores also revealed severe deficits in both verbal reasoning and basic math.
"Listen, Dayvon is disruptive as all hell," Ms. Leigh said. "Frankly, I would have gladly promoted him to fourth grade just to get him out of my hair-but, the kid can't add single digit numbers!" Ms. Leigh said. "I've given him extra addition practice to take home every night, but nothing seems to help. "
"Yeah, I got dem worksheets," Dayvon said, pulling a stack of disheveled papers out of a grocery bag. "I tried a few of 'em, but they too hard. I ask my grandma, but she can't do math so good, and she gotta make dinner and take care of my brothers and sisters anyways."
"Look- I know he's got it rough," Ms. Leigh went on, "But, with all the added pressure to spend class time on state assessment prep, I just couldn't give Dayvon the attention he needed" Ms. Leigh said. "He's a little shit" she added, "but he deserved a chance."