Graphs (also called charts) play an important role in data analysis. A graphic representation can make the relationship between sets of data much easier to understand. Graphs are commonly used in education to represent relationships between achievement results for different groups (for example: cohorts, classes, gender or ethnicity groups) or to show progress over time.
Once you have a set of accurate data, you can create your own graphs using spreadsheet software. Common software applications are Excel for PCs and Numbers for Apple.
First, decide what you want to show on a graph and ensure the data is in the correct format. In this demonstration, using OTJ data, watch the process as data is put into a form from which you can create a graph, and then simple graphs are created in a number of formats quickly and easily using the spreadsheet software.
This data set can be downloaded as an Excel spreadsheet for you to practise making graphs.