[kids-lib] America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Jul 10 15:03:02 PDT 2009

Hello!  You may have seen the following posting on libs-or.  For those of you who haven't, it is worth taking a look at: http://childstats.gov/.  In particular, you may be interested to know:
Families Reading to Young Children: http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/edu1.asp 
It is interesting that only 53% of children 3-5 years in the West were read to every day, whereas in the Northeast and Midwest 59% of children were read to every day.  52% of children in the South were read to daily.  We still have work to do to educate parents in Oregon about the importance of reading to their young children, how to integrate reading to young children into regular daily activities, and how to make reading a fun activity that parents and children look forward to doing together.
Reading Achievement: http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/edu2.asp 
"At grade 4, there was a 4-point increase in the average reading score between 1992 and 2007. At grade 8, reading scores in 2007 had increased 1 point from 2005 and 3 points from 1992."
"There was no 12th-grade NAEP reading assessment in 2007. However, in 2005 the average score at grade 12 was 6 points lower than in 1992."
High School Completion: http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/edu4.asp 
"In 2007, 89 percent of young adults ages 18-24 had completed high school with a diploma or an alternative credential such as a General Education Development (GED) certificate. The high school completion rate has increased slightly since 1980, when it was 84 percent."
An article in the East Oregonian yesterday has information specifically on the Oregon dropout rate, and explains the recent change in determining graduation rates. http://eastoregonian.com/main.asp?SectionID=13&SubSectionID=48&ArticleID=95032&TM=42558.14.  An important thing to note is that the new formula does not account for students who take alternative routes such as those who earn a modified diploma or a GED. 
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Subject: [Libs-Or] America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 Released Online
America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009 Released Online
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released "America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009."  This report continues a series of annual reports to the Nation on conditions affecting children in the United States.  The National Center for Education Statistics within the Institute of Education Sciences, in cooperation with 21 other federal agencies, contributes indicators to the report and supports its production.  
According to the report's section on education, performance of 4th and 8th graders in mathematics is at an all time high and performance in reading improved between 2005 and 2007.  Not all the report's findings were positive, however; the percentage of children ages 3-5 who were read to every day in the last week by a family member declined, from 60 percent in 2005, to 55 percent in 2007.  The report noted that this percentage is slightly higher than the proportion of 53 percent in 1993, but the rate has fluctuated in intervening years.
The report has three demographic background measures and 40 selected indicators to describe the population of children and depict child well-being in the areas of family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. This year's report has a special feature on children with special health care needs.
You can view, download, and print the report at http://childstats.gov/ 
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