America’s Children Report: Teens Birth Rate Drops – Child Poverty Rate Same – Health Care Improves
Positive findings of the 2016 edition of America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, include:
- Teen birth rate drops across all racial groups, according to the
- America’s Children report also finds improvements in child education, health care.
The teen birth rate declined in the past two consecutive years. continuing a long-term trend in lower teen pregnancy. The adolescent birth rate was 11 births per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 years, down from 12 per 1,000 in 2013. Racial and ethnic differences in teen birth rates are also lower, although racial dispraise continue.
The America’s Children Report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 23 federal agencies that collect, analyze and report data on conditions and trends related to child and family well-being. The report tracks 41 indicators of child well-being, using statistics from federal researchers and highlights these indicators by race and ethnicity. Indicators include:
Teen Binge Drinking:
- 10th – 12th graders ding drinking was the lowest in 2015 since the survey began tracking this statistic in 1980.
- Among 12th-graders, Hispanic and white students reported binge drank twice as much of black students.
- Overall math scores declined slightly for fourth and eighth graders.
- The achievement gap or the differences in average scores for different racial and ethnic groups narrowed. For example, the difference in math scores for white and black fourth graders has narrowed from 32 points in 1990 to 24 points in 2015.
- In 2014, 21 percent of all children in the United States lived in poverty.
- As of 2014, 21 percent of children were living in food-insecure households, a rate that has not changed from the previous year.
- Lack of health insurance for children declined, from 7 percent in 2013 to 5 percent in 2014.
- Hispanic children were more likely to be without health insurance, 10 percent of Hispanic children were uninsured.
- Overall, 95 percent of children had health insurance as of 2014. The percentage of children with health insurance increased by 7 percentage points from 2000 to 2014.
- 89 percent of children ages 5 to 11 years and 87 percent of adolescents ages 12 to 17 years visited the dentist in the past year.
- The child obesity rate has not changed significantly in the most recent years reported. In 2011–2014, 19 percent of children ages 6 to 17 years were obese.
Physical Environment and Safety
- The rate of children who were victims of serious violent crimes remained almost the same, 2013 (9 per 1,000) to 2014 (7 per 1,000).
- The rate of children who were victims of violent crime declined sharply from the early 1990s through the early 2000s. In 1993, youth ages 12 to 17 years experienced 40 violent crimes per 1,000 youth. In 2014, they experienced 8 violent crimes per 1,000 youth.
- Teens moking cigarettes daily was the lowest since data collection began in 1980.
- Completion of high school rates remained same at 92 percent.
- 68 percent of students who completed high school went on to enroll in a two or four year college immediately after high school — up from 49 percent in 1980.
source: www.childstats.gov(link is external).
Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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