In the last 12 months approximately two million interactive reports have been downloaded from RAISEonline which, since its launch in 2006, has firmly established itself as the main tool for analysing school data.

22,000 schools and 3,000 Ofsted inspectors rely on RAISEonline to support school improvement, self-evaluation and the school inspection process. The quality and accuracy of the data is critical; as well as providing schools with valuable insight into pupil performance, it informs the 300 school inspections that take place every week.

RAISEonline was designed, and is run by, RM Results, the Department for Education and Ofsted. Together they develop new reporting tools and look for new ways to enable schools to extract maximum insight with minimum effort.

Adding value

RAISEonline was developed to provide a secure, online reporting system that offers insight into school as well as Local Authority performance while reducing the administrative burden of data input on schools and Local Authorities. RAISEonline is also the primary distribution channel supporting the new inspection process established by Ofsted.

Assessment and contextual data is loaded for pupils aged 11 and 16 from RM’s systems which collect, match and process pupil data. A range of school performance indicators (including the attainment of pupils, threshold levels, expected progress measures and value-added progress measures) are calculated for each school. Each year and for each Key Stage data release, the RM team creates a Summary report for every school in England, pulling together the most important analyses as agreed with Ofsted and the Department for Education to help start them off. These Summary Reports are also used by Inspectors to aid their inspections and is the tool available to School Governors in the site which gives them a view of the school’s performance.

Flexible reporting

Users can create their own customised reports using the flexible reporting tools. For example, by using data filters and options for grouping and sorting data, a school can create a report which compares assessment data for boys who have free school meals against the national average.

Schools, Local Authorities and Inspectors have access to over 100 web-based reports, delivered using Microsoft’s SQL Server Reporting Services.

The RAISEonline website enables users to view interactive reports, download PDF versions of collected reports and analyse pupils’ test papers at question and item level. They can also use the Data Management facility to amend, delete and add pupil and exam data to enable self analysis for schools by comparing the amended dataset with the published dataset.

Easy to use

The system is easy to navigate. School administrators can amend and change data, such as adding and removing pupils or changing grades. This enables schools to look at various possible scenarios.

The use of statistical tests and exception highlighting within RAISEonline also allows schools to focus on areas or groups of pupils where performance is particularly strong, as well as areas needing improvement.

Continual Improvement

The system is continually improving. For six months of the year, the RM team focuses on releasing new assessment data and pupil information. For the other six months, the system goes through a development programme to improve functionality and develop new reports and measures to ensure the system is up to date with the latest education and curriculum changes.

Example reports

Value-added-report

ABOVE Value-added report. This report indicates the significantly higher or lower values of a school’s value-added measure.

English-BACC-1

ABOVE English Baccalaureate report.This report demonstrates how the English Baccalaureate subject areas for the school compares with the overall national. This is plotted against the national average.

Overall-value-added

ABOVE Overall value-added report. This report demonstrates how the school’s overall attainment compares with the national mean. This is plotted against the school’s overall value-added measure.

Expected-progress

ABOVE Expected progress table. The look and feel of the data output can be customised. This table uses pupil counts to show the progress of a pupil’s education between Key Stages.

Attainment-with-and-without

ABOVE Attainment with and without qualifications equivalent to GCSE. This report displays the school’s average points and their grades based on those points, their average number of qualifications and their total points scored for each characteristic and for all GCSE only subjects taken by the pupils in the school as well as all subjects taken by the pupils in the school (including GCSE subjects).