ERIC Number: ED407121
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
West Virginia Kids Count Data Book: 1996 County Profiles of Child Well-Being.
West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
This fifth annual edition of the Kids Count report investigates county and statewide trends in the well-being of West Virginia's children between 1980 and 1994, focusing on child poverty and low school achievement, and profiles three exemplary schools serving large numbers of low-income students. The statistical report is based on 18 indicators of child well-being: (1) student attendance; (2) percent of high school dropouts; (3) percent of high school graduates; (4) pupil to teacher ratio; (5) teacher/administrator experience; (6) percent of births to mothers with less than a twelfth grade education; (7) percent of children approved for free/reduced school meals; (8) employment to population ratio; (9) the unemployment rate; (10) percent low birth-weight babies; (11) infant mortality rate; (12) child death rate; (13) child abuse/neglect rate; (14) teen birth rate; (15) percent births to unmarried teens; (16) juvenile delinquency case rate; (17) teen violent death rate; and (18) percent of eligible children served by Head Start. Findings indicate that almost all counties meet or exceed the required standard of 93 percent school attendance rate; child poverty averages 47 percent statewide; 50 percent of adults are employed (the nation's lowest percentage); and the unemployment rate is about 9 percent. There have been increases in the percent of low birth-weight babies, the child abuse/neglect rate, and the percent of births to unmarried teens. There have been decreases in infant mortality rate, child death rate, percent approved for free/reduced school meals, teen birth rate, high school dropout rate, juvenile delinquency case rate, and teen violent death rate. Appendices provide definitions, methodology, and data sources. (KDFB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Birth Weight, Births to Single Women, Child Abuse, Child Health, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Demography, Dropout Rate, Early Parenthood, High School Graduates, Infant Mortality, Mortality Rate, Poverty, Racial Differences, Social Indicators, State Surveys, Statistical Surveys, Tables (Data), Teacher Student Ratio, Well Being, Youth Problems
West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund, 1031 Quarrier Street, Suite 313 Atlas Building, Charleston, WV 25301; phone: 800-KIDS COUNT ($5).
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.
Authoring Institution: West Virginia Kids Count Fund, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia