Talk about beating a dead horse....but since this got "bumped" I'll give you all an update.
My son's teacher insisted that my son be tested again! I told her I thought it was pointless but she really believed that maybe he had an "off" day the first time he was tested. So they tested him again. And apparently he is still not gifted....well duh he just had the test not too long ago 8O
The woman who did the testing said he does great at math and is one of the best readers she has ever seen for a child his age. But there is a cognitive part of the test where they show pictures and ask questions. Most of these questions are "trick" questions so to speak so you really have to study the pictures and think about the question. She said my son answers really fast and doesn't put any thought or time into studying the pics. She believes if he slowed down he would do better. She also said that kids often need time for their cognitive abilities to mature. So they will test him again next year if I give permission. At that point I think I will just leave the decision up to him. If he wants to be tested he will be if not to hell with them
He leaves his class for reading and math and goes to the second and fourth grade classes. They discussed skipping a grade and we decided against it because after alot of research we worried he might have "gaps" in his learning and plus at this point he is confident and happy so I would prefer to keep him with his age group.
However he has started to have some problems with kids giving him a hard time. And he found an odd interesting way to deal with it. One boy was calling him a nerd and taunting him with "you think you are soooo smart." Well he handled it by saying "No I don't. There is actually a smart nerd class at this school and I didn't make it in. To the teacher's dismay that incident got the whole class talking about the "nerd class" and she found herself trying to explain that situation to a group of laughing 6 year olds. After that he had no more trouble with kids giving him a hard time.
Each time they tested my son they explained that they were just trying to make sure he was in the "right" class for him so I guess he figured out on his own that there was a "nerd class" as he calls it. Funny that he uses the fact that he didn't make the cut as proof that he isn't a nerd. So who knows if he will never ever want to be in the TAG program at all.