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America's Children in 2001 - Not All the News Is Good
A new focus of this year’s report is advanced courses taken by high school students, as well as other statistics related to education, such as completion of high school and hours worked during the school year (60% of 16-year-old youth were employed at some point during the school year).
Many news releases about the report have emphasized its positive findings, such as higher household incomes and the all-time low teen birth rate (still 29 per 1,000).
CWLA notes that some of the "good news" in the report is not really so good for all children. For instance, the report notes:
As alarming as many of these statistics are, showing the need for greater concern with many aspects of the well-being of children, serious gaps remain in the data gathered. National indicators in several key dimensions of health, such as disability and mental health, are unavailable because of difficulties in definitions and measurement.
CWLA looks forward to having available increasingly accurate, comprehensive data on which to base its programs and advocacy aimed at increasing the well-being of every child. For more information about issues supported by CWLA, go to http://www.cwla.org. Click on the NDAS (National Data Analysis System) icon to get the latest state statistics. Another resource is the website of the CWLA National Resource Center for Information Technology in Child Welfare, http://www.nrcitcw.org, a service of the Children’s Bureau at the US Department of Health and Human Services.
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