ERIC Number: ED438024
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Children's Report Card, 1999: Measuring Minnesota's Progress for Children and Youth. Summary Report.
Minnesota Planning developed the Children's Report Card in 1994 to help the state and its 87 counties gauge the well-being of Minnesota's children and youth. The report was created as an extension of Minnesota Milestones, a long-range plan for the state and a tool to measure results which was developed by Minnesota Planning in 1992. For the first time, this 1999 report card is organized around 6 of the 19 Milestones goals. The new structure is intended to strengthen the state's ability to track trends. With a focus on county-level data on children and youth, the report card presents data on 6 new indicators and 5 revised indicators. The indicators are: (1) children in poverty; (2) children in families receiving welfare; (3) children from low-income families; (4) school transfers; (5) births by teens; (6) children placed out of home; (7) child abuse and neglect; (8) physical abuse; (9) sexual abuse; (10) family alcohol abuse; (11) prenatal care; (12) low birth-weight babies; (13) on-time immunization; (14) third-grade assessment; (15) basic standards; (16) high school graduation; (17) infant mortality; (18) exercise and physical activity; (19) suicide attempts; (20) smoking and tobacco use; (21) alcohol use; (22) sexual activity; (23) volunteering; (24) fighting; (25) driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and (26) juvenile apprehensions. The report card notes positive trends, specifically higher rates of on-time immunization, improved scores on elementary assessment tests, lower rates of infant mortality, fewer suicide attempts, reduced sexual activity, more volunteering, and less fighting. Negative trends noted are a greater proportion of low-income children, increased school transfers, increase in low birth-weight babies, and higher rates of juvenile apprehensions. (EV)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Adolescents, Birth Weight, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Children, Counties, Delinquency, Early Parenthood, Elementary Secondary Education, Exercise, Graduation, Infant Mortality, Low Income Groups, Objectives, Poverty, Prenatal Care, Preschool Education, Sexual Abuse, Social Indicators, State Norms, Substance Abuse, Suicide, Tables (Data), Transfer Students, Trend Analysis, Violence, Volunteers, Welfare Recipients, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Planning, St. Paul.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota