Bismarck, ND (KEYZ) North Dakota students are using less tobacco, wearing their seatbelts and doing less texting while driving. School Superintendent Kirsten Baesler says a new survey of North Dakota students shows an uptick in best behavior by kids, even though texting behind the wheel is still more common than she would like.
“It helps us understand who are students are, and hopefully provide the necessary supports to continue the reduction of bad behaviors and hopefully increase of positive behaviors,” says Baesler.
The survey, called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey is done every two years across the country and asks High school and middle school students about a number of issues that could affect their health.
“We do use this data at the state level, in order to help us determine programming needs. Our legislators ask us for insights what programs might be helpful for our students to become healthy adults. Not to mention it helps our tax payers when we can better target the needs of our students,” says Baesler.
Survey results and information are posted on the Department of Public Instruction’s website. https://www.nd.gov/dpi/SchoolStaff/SafeHealthy/YRBS/