No spaghetti please...
Any takers for what the underlying message of this chart is? How does English compare to the National figures; what about Maths - and how does Maths compare to English?
This is what is affectionately called a spaghetti chart.
Some Excel-fu later:
Following these rules:
- Dates along the x-axis as categories = bar chart
- Minimal colours
- No y-axis scale visible
- Data labels for values
What can I now "see":
- Maths results have been on a 3 year decline (but this probably mirrors the national results)
- English 2012, 2013 and 2014 nationally have seen a slight increase, which is not reflected by the local results. Other than the recent 2015 results, 2012,13 and 14 have seen a year on year decline.
- The 2015 results for English are an all time high
- The 2015 results for Maths are the lowest seen since 2011
Not sure if I could "see" those insights in the original spaghetti chart.