Communicating On-Track Research to Staff, Students, and Families

Each part of the school community – students, families, faculty, and staff – plays a key role in successfully transitioning students to high school.

Tool Set D contains examples that can be used as part of your communication strategy. While developing your plan, consider the following: 

  • What do you want to communicate to the school community and why?
  • Who are your audiences?
  • What are the key messages for each audience group?
  • How will messages about On Track be shared with each group and who is the best person to deliver them?
  • What is the most effective way for sharing information with each group?
  • Where can student voice play a role?

Use the Tool Set

The full Communicating On-Track Research to Staff, Students, and Families Tool Set is available for download. The download includes the three tools in this Tool Set. 

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UChicago Consortium On-Track Briefs for Students and Parents

Created by the UChicago Consortium, these briefs provide a research-based, user-friendly explanation of the Freshman On-Track metric and how the metric relates to high school graduation and postsecondary outcomes. The Parent Brief is available in English and Spanish.


What Does "On-Track" Mean?

A presentation that introduces the On-Track metric to students as well as emphasizing the importance of attendance and grades in freshman year.

Slide Deck

Am I On Track? Poster

A student-friendly poster that describes the On-Track metric and provides students with clear criteria for evaluating their own On-Track status.