Child and Youth Well-Being Is Up

Prelude : An unintended consequence of maximizing our efforts
to support children is that our successes go unrecognized
in the rush for MORE attention.

1) Children are Safer

2)  Child Health Insurance Works

3) Other Successes and A Failures

Source  See More Historical Data

CHIP helped 8,129,425 enrolled as of 12/14
"From 1997 when CHIP was enacted to 2012, the uninsured rate for children fell by half, from 14% to 7%. Medicaid and CHIP have helped to reduce disparities in coverage that affect low-income children and children of color" It's important to note that not all uninsured parents will qualify for these plans, but most children will. And now insurance companies can't set lifetime caps on coverage, which previously could mean that sick kids lost benefits when they needed them the most." Source  See Health Problems Solved
Before the ACA
only about 12 percent of the health care plans sold in the individual market offered maternity coverage, and women paid about $1 billion more than men each year for identical health plans in the individual market.

99.8% of Missing Children Come Home

90%
of missing children have simply misunderstood
directions
or plans, are lost, or have run away.

9% are kidnapped by a family member
in a custody dispute.

3%
are by non-family crime and crime related.

100 or so
are the stereotypical stranger abductions heard
on the news and about  half come home source

4) Education, Press Misleads

Long-Term Educational
Test Scores Are Up
Popular Media Report Test Scores That Get More Difficult Every Few Years.
Reading Scores
 1971 Score changes from 2012
Age 9 Age 13 Age 17 Age 9 Age 13 Age 17
208 255 285 221 263 287
Math Scores
Score 1973 Scores 2012
Age 9 Age 13 Age 17 Age 9 Age 13 Age 17
219 266 304 244 285 306

Scores

Better Over Time But Suicides Up

Teen Homicide-Suicide and Firearm Deaths/


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An Old Problem Deserves More Attention

Childtrends.org/indicators/bullying/ has more data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trend in NAEP reading average scores for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students

Trend in NAEP reading average scores for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students< - see complete data links below for full data in table format.

See complete data for age 9, age 13, and age 17.

 


Trend in NAEP mathematics average scores for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students
 

 

Trend in NAEP mathematics average scores for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students - see complete data links below for full data in table format.  

See complete data for age 9, age 13, and age 17.


 
3Health Problems Solved
1902 Scarlet Fever deaths peaked at close to 5,000 and then slowly dropped thanks to penicillin.  
1905 Last Yellow Fever epidemic killed 20 in US as misquote control eliminated cause. 1936 vaccine ended disease.
1916 Measles 12,000 mostly children died. Vaccine finally eliminated most cases by early 1980's.
1918 Spanish Flu 500,000 died in US. This could have been the cause of the post WW 1 recession.
1921 Diphtheria 206,000 cases, 15,520 deaths, mostly children died.
1943 Penicillin  1,000,000 lives be saved during the 20th century.
1953 Polio 57,628 cases with 21,000 paralyzed Vaccine followed and Polio is now about gone. 
1957-58 Asian Flu  70,000 died in US.
1968-69 Hong Kong Flu 34,000 died in US.
1973 US ends Conscription
1985-95+ AIDS killed ten to twenty thousand per year in 1970's.  Annual  deaths peaked at 41,699 in mid 1990's
and then they quickly dropped due to super drug development and availability. Total US deaths were 658,507. 
2011 TB From a 50% kill rate in 1900 cases dropped from 86,304 in 1959 the first year of data availability to 10,528 in 2011. 529 died in 2009.
By the 1960's Measles, Mumps,  Rubella and a 1995 Chicken Pox vaccines made childhood safer and more enjoyable 
Return to Top as did seat belts, infant safety seats, bicycle safety helmets, and 1962 began the era of government sponsored child protective services.

US Deaths from Infectious Disease source

 Evidence of impact of chlorination on U.S. public health. Crude death rate for infectious diseases in the United States, 1900-1996. Source: Armstrong et al. 1999.

Infographic: Where Do People Fail To Attain A High School Qualification | Statista

Results at a Glance

Changes in NAEP reading average scores and score gaps for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students, by selected characteristics: various years
Characteristics Subgroups Score changes from 1973 Score changes from 2008
Age 9 Age 13 Age 17 Age 9 Age 13 Age 17
All students All students up arrow13 up arrow 8 arrow arrow up arrow 3 arrow
Race/ethnicity White up arrow15 up arrow 9 up arrow 4 arrow arrow arrow
Black up arrow36 up arrow24 up arrow30 arrow arrow arrow
Hispanic up arrow25 up arrow17 up arrow21 arrow up arrow 7 arrow
Gender Male up arrow17 up arrow 9 up arrow 4 arrow arrow arrow
Female up arrow10 up arrow 6 arrow arrow up arrow 3 arrow
Score gaps White Black Narrowed Narrowed Narrowed arrow arrow arrow
White Hispanic Narrowed Narrowed Narrowed arrow Narrowed arrow
Male Female Narrowed arrow arrow arrow arrow arrow
up arrow Indicates score was higher in 2012
arrow Indicates no significant change in 2012. http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/ltt_2012/summary.aspx
 
Changes in NAEP mathematics average scores and score gaps for 9-, 13-, and 17-year-old students, by selected characteristics: various years
Characteristics Subgroups Score changes from 1973 Score changes from 2008
Age 9 Age 13 Age 17 Age 9 Age 13 Age 17
All students All students up arrow25 up arrow19 arrow arrow up arrow 4 arrow
Race/ethnicity White up arrow27 up arrow19 up arrow 4 arrow arrow arrow
Black up arrow36 up arrow36 up arrow18 arrow arrow arrow
Hispanic up arrow32 up arrow32 up arrow17 arrow arrow arrow
Gender Male up arrow26 up arrow21 arrow arrow arrow arrow
Female up arrow24 up arrow17 up arrow 3 arrow up arrow 5 arrow
Score gaps White Black Narrowed Narrowed Narrowed arrow arrow arrow
White Hispanic arrow Narrowed Narrowed arrow arrow arrow
Male Female arrow arrow Narrowed arrow arrow arrow
up arrow Indicates score was higher in 2012
arrow Indicates no significant change in 2012.
he NAEP long-term trend assessments have monitored student progress in reading and mathematics for nationally representative samples of 9-, 13-, and 17-year-olds since the early 1970s. Results from the 2012 assessments show the following:

TCompared to the first assessment in 1971 for reading and in 1973 for mathematics, scores were higher in 2012 for 9- and 13-year-olds and not significantly different for 17-year-olds.  

n both reading and mathematics at all three ages, Black students made larger gains from the early 1970s than White students. 

Hispanic students made larger gains from the 1970s than White students in reading at all three ages and in mathematics at ages 13 and 17.  

Female students have consistently outscored male students in reading at all three ages, but the gender gap narrowed from 1971 to 2012 at age 9.  

At ages 9 and 13, the scores of male and female students were not significantly different in mathematics, but the gender gap in mathematics for 17-year-olds narrowed in comparison to 1973.  

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