Keokuk Community School District: K-Pride
The Keokuk Community School District needed a districtwide discipline system that focused on supporting behaviors that are conducive to learning. For years, it had a declining graduation rate and a negative public perception that was causing students to move to other districts.
Starting in 2012, Keokuk High School implemented a positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS) program as part of its K-Pride initiative. K-Pride’s PBIS program seeks to eliminate challenging behaviors by developing a core set of behavioral expectations and positively reinforcing appropriate behavior. The program uses assessments and ongoing monitoring of interventions to make data-based decisions and create a reward system for students.
“The students and staff at Keokuk High School have really bought into K-Pride. Understanding what it means to be respectful, responsible and ready in all situations has proven to be a catalyst in our school improvement efforts,” says Keokuk High School Principal Zach Wigle.
In recognition of the innovation and success of this initiative, Keokuk Community School District has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration. Keokuk was among 49 districts that were honored in the inaugural round of Districts of Distinction, the magazine’s new national recognition program.
Since implementing the initiative, the district attendance rate has reached over 95 percent. The graduation rate has gone from 79 to 90 percent over the last three years. The high school is expecting a 92 percent graduation rate for the 2014 graduating class. And high school students increased their standardized tests scores in seven out of nine tests taken this past spring.
“We are pleased to honor Keokuk as a District of Distinction,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Keokuk Community School District serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”
For more information about Districts of Distinction, including how to apply and a list of all current honorees, visit www.districtadministration.com/dod.