ERIC Number: ED404022
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Baselines and Benchmarks: Indicators of Well-Being for Iowa Children.
Iowa Kids Count Initiative, Des Moines.
This statistical report examines trends in children's well-being in Iowa. Data are based on eight indicators: (1) infant mortality rate; (2) percent of births with low birth weight; (3) birth rates to teenagers age 16 to 17 years; (4) percent of all births to unmarried teenagers; (5) child abuse and neglect rates; (6) percent of students entering seventh grade who graduate with their class 6 years later; (7) death rate of children age 1 to 14 years; and (8) violent death rate of teenagers age 15 to 19 years. Part 1 of the report establishes baselines for the eight indicators and provides 16-year trend data. Part 2 presents benchmarks for each indicator for the year 2000 and beyond, derived from comparisons with achievements in other locations in the country or the world, or with expert analysis of improvements possible given today's understanding and technology. Part 3 presents graphically the trend data for each indicator in metropolitan, small urban, and rural counties. Overall results of the analysis show that Iowa currently fares well on the condition of its children. In the last 2 years, Iowa has ranked second and third in a national ranking of well-being indicators. The data also indicate, however, that state goals outlined in the report's benchmarks will not be achieved without dramatic changes in general trends. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: Iowa Kids Count Initiative, Des Moines.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa