Got DS's results today. Told he got level 5s. His teacher was pleased, she had assessed him earlier this year 5b for maths (can't remember the others). So far so good. But today she read off a printout of the test results and said it was a solid 5, but said that the results sheet did not give a break-down of a,b,c. TBH I'm not over-bothered about results as such, but this is the first year I've had a KS2 result without the grade boundaries. Is this the case, or is she wanting to avoid parents or pupils getting competitive/fussy about it? The school can then tell all the year 6s and parents that everyone got a level 4 or 5 - well done and avoid the detail. Hope I'm a cynical old MNetter
Year 6 Sats are only assessed as whole levels, i.e. no abc as the results go to the local authority and DfE. Sub-levels have no official standing, they were simply created after NC levels to break down the large range each level covers, and to also show progress year on year. So no the school isn't holding back anything!
I'm glad you cleared this one up. I wondered where the ab and c had got to as well. DD did well in her SATS, but I was amazed to learn that she did exceptionally well in maths, which was always her weakest subject.
It is worth bearing in mind that the thresholds were published only yesterday so although the schools would have had a good idea of what level everyone was at from the marks, they could not be certain of the level achieved. There will be some children who missed a level by only a mark or two. There also seems to be a lot of debate about the harshness of the marking of the Writing paper, and I gather that schools have applied for some remarking of scripts.