Wednesday, 31 August 2016

A brief word about the checking exercise

Tomorrow (or today depending on when you are reading this) primary schools receive data as part of the DfE's checking exercise. The aim is for schools to check the results and submit any changes by 16th September. These changes, along with any review outcomes, will be reflected in the performance tables in December and will not be taken account of in any earlier data releases. This obviously includes the unvalidated RAISE reports and Ofsted Inspection dashboards, which should be published in October. This has always been the case: first versions of RAISE and dashboards are based on unvalidated, potentially inaccurate data; later versions are based on the validated data, corrected via the checking exercise. 

In addition to pupil level results for checking, schools will also receive a summary sheet of headline results, including progress scores. Depending on how accurate your pupil data is, these headline data may or may not be reliable. Again, please bear in mind that if you make changes to your data tomorrow then this will not take effect until the validated RAISE report is published, probably in December. 

This is why RAISEonline provides users with the facility to edit pupil data, so you can ensure that RAISE is as fair and accurate portrayal of standards in your school as possible prior to the release of validated data. Note that any changes made do not alter the main report but can be viewed via the interactive reports, printed out and slotted into your main report to show the alternative, true picture. It is well worth familiarising yourself with these functions in the data management section of the website so you can get to work when version 1 of RAISE is released. Get in touch if you need any further information on this. 

Best wishes for tomorrow

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