Program analyzes student behavior


Joanne Sanders


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Monday, November 26, 2018

A computer program that analyzes student behavior and helps teachers and staff manage it more effectively is being implemented at H.L. Trigg Community School and could be used at other schools if it delivers the expected results.

The program is called ScholarChip ABE with Ripple Effects. Instructional services staff with the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools made a brief presentation on the program at a Nov. 19 committee meeting of the Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education.

Joanne Sanders, interim superintendent of ECPPS, told the committee that the program is a good fit with one of her goals for the school district: reducing the number of out-of-school suspensions.

“We can’t educate kids if they aren’t in school,” Sanders said.

The program is first being implemented at H.L. Trigg Community School and could be used at other district schools if its performance lives up to expectations.

The company’s website describes ABE as “interactive software that emphasizes the importance of responsible behavior.” ABE’s interactive nature is cited both by the company and by schools using it as one of its main strengths.

The system is designed to flag behavior problems early, to identify the best corrective actions to take, and to learn more about the behavior’s underlying causes and find ways to correct it.

“ABE places focus on behavior and social success by placing it in the hands of the student,” according to the ScholarChip ABE website. “Peer testimonials explain decisions and consequences to demonstrate why positive change is important.”

ScholarsChip ABE Behavior Management and Intervention is a three-tiered approach.

Tier 1 includes teaching rules, consequences and positive behavior in the classroom. The program also collects and analyzes classroom data.

Tier 2 involves interventions, both individually and in small groups, while Tier 3 includes both individualized and intensive interventions.

In the Tier 3 interventions, behavior intervention plans can be created using data captured through the software.