How is the STAAR on-track measure used?
Scale scores and performance levels convey information about how a student performed in the current year. The STAAR progress measure communicates how much the student has improved from the previous year to the current year. The STAAR on-track measure provides additional information by determining whether the student’s current performance level combined with the student’s progress from last year to this year has the student on track to reach the Meets Grade Level performance standard in the target year. When used together, this information provides a more complete picture of the student’s achievement.
For example, a student may have achieved the Approaches Grade Level performance standard and have expected growth, but the student may not be On Track to the Meets Grade Level performance standard in the target year. On its own, the on-track measure won't be sufficient for identification and intervention purposes to prevent students from falling behind in the future.