So, we took wee difficult child and easy child 2 to Sylvan for testing. Was my mom's idea...she thought it would be good to take wee difficult child and give him a head start on reading. *** His report card at the end of the year was mediocre. He attends private school, and, while he's slightly behind by their standards, they felt he was ahead of public school standards. We felt the same. *** Two things raise big red flags for me with the Sylvan evaluation. *** 1) The lady that tested him has never met him. He was not having a particularly bad day, but it also was not one of his really great days, either. He was pretty much standard fare on that day. This woman kept him in a room, alone, visible thru a window, and engaged for TWO AND A HALF HOURS. Not a single one of the "professionals" that have ever evaluated him have been able to do that. They have never gotten more than 30 minutes out of him. *** 2) Per there evaluation, he's below a kindergarten level on all subjects. *** I realize Sylvan isn't the end-all of tutoring facilities and they may or may not be "on" with their testing and recommendations, but I have several friends with kids, some with learning disabilities, who have had great success with our local facilities. That aside, I do think their testing has some merit, and have to consider the fact that wee difficult child is WAY behind academically already. *** My other big concern is, if a woman who is a good teacher can engage difficult child for 2 and a half hours before she loses him, just how valid are all of these evaluations we've had done with "professionals" who bribe difficult child to keep him marginally engaged for 30 minutes, max, then lose him? Know what I mean??