JASPER, MO.--- A program at Jasper schools is improving students academics and social behaviors. Jasper Elementary School Principal David Davis is seeing fewer students coming through his doors.
"Office referrals have gone down 47% over these last three years," said David Davis, Jasper Elementary School Principal.
The district says that's because they implemented a data based program three years ago.
"School wide positive behavior supports is a program that encourages good academic and social behaviors," said Amanda Moennig, Curriculum Director, Jasper School District.
It is used with all district staff and students to teach character traits.
"Such as respect, responsibility, and safety. All of our school rules go back to those three things and all the expectations we have for our students," said Moennig.
The elementary principal says it has also improved school attendance.
"Last year, we had 20 kids that had perfect attendance. This year, we've had 51 kids that's had perfect attendance," said Davis.
He adds that students are where they need to be, in the classroom.
"So in turn, our test scores improve because they're getting the instruction that they need in the classroom instead of being in in-school detention," said Davis.
The curriculum director adds that similar results are also shown at the high school level.
"If the students enjoy being here, then they are going to be more likely to learn from their teachers," said Moennig.
The principal says they modeled their PBS implementation after Webb City. He says a lot of schools use it because of the proven results.
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