I had a meeting with his teacher and the teacher he'll be having from September.
Apparently the school have chosen a few children at random through the school and are now assessing them using different measurements and my ds was one of them. Apparently he started yr5 on a much lower level than he finished yr4base has in fact made progress!
I'm still not at all happy, firstly because at no time were we informed of this new 'scale' and that they thought it was okay to send a report home without explanation of his apparent lack of progress. Secondly, I still think that his progress isn't good enough...based on his yr 2 SATS he has only made 1 sub level per year!
He is no budding Oxbridge candidate, but definately isn't incapable (secure level 5 in maths), so I'm just feeling that he has been a little let down this year. Hopefully he'll have a better year next year.
He could be v.close to the next level but not secure in it yet. I know at our school they're quite rigorous at ensuring a child's confidently at the next level before they grade them as such, so it could just be that he's on the cusp. Does seem odd if the backwards grading's right though.
Writing levels can be trickier because it depends what genre of writing is being tested...he may have scraped a 4c in the end of year 4 genre but nailed the 3a this year in other genres. The teacher does have some explaining to do about why there does seem to be 'regression'. Depending on how the school moderates, some teachers prefer to 'up level' if there are a lot of features of the next level of writing, while others insist that all marking criteria are fully met. This could possibly be at work too...
To be honest I would write down "That's funny, he seems to have regressed quite a bit this year!" and then I would forget all about it. <<Naughty mummy slaps own wrist because she doesn't believe in all this malarky, anyway>>
Thanks plusonemore, I feel that something somewhere has gone wrong but I wasn't sure if it would be unreasonable for me to ask or not? I haven't been keen on his teacher this year...she seems to lack enthusiasm!
We have just had my ds's yr5 report and he has achieved a 3a for writing and a 4c for reading. His report also says that he has made progress etc etc, but at the end of yr4 he finished on a 4c for both of these subjects, so not only has he made no progress he has actually apparently regressed with his writing?
I have a few issues with this, but mainly why have I been told that he has progressed as expected through the year when this clearly isn't the case?
I don't think last yr's results were inflated and they were progressing in line with his results from previous years.
Should I let it go or say something? Whilst his maths is still very good I just feel he has had a bit of a wasted year