The Center for Public Policy Priorities is the Texas home to KIDS COUNT, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In addition to publishing annual reports, the center also offers access to an interactive, comprehensive database of county-by-county and state data on child well-being.

Recent KIDS COUNT Publications

Measuring Up: Parental Involvement in Education (06/28/1999)

This 1999 report explores a various ways parents can be involved in their children's education. This report discusses the importance of parental involvement in education and addresses some of the barriers parents encounter when trying to be involved, as well as what schools can do to promote parental involvement. Finally, a model program is described as a case study for sucess.

Measuring Up: Violence and Weapons in Texas Schools (05/18/1999)

While violence in Texas schools is unacceptably frequent, some types of school violence have declined in recent years - most likely due to programs designed to improve safety in schools and in the community. This 1999 report examines data on juvenile violent crime in Texas as well as the incidence of violence in our schools over recent years. School violence data for each of Texas’ 254 counties are included.

Measuring Up: Early Childhood Education (04/13/1999)

The earliest years of a child's life are crucial in predicting ultimate success in school and life. The Early Childhood and Education Report, released in April of 1999, focuses on the importance of quality early education for children, with an emphasis on low-income children, and provides a case study of a successful early childhood learning program.

Texas KIDS COUNT Report Finds Problems with Dropout Estimation (02/26/1999)

Regardless of methodology, Texas' dropout situation is among the worst in U.S.

Measuring Up: The Debate Over Dropouts (02/22/1999)

Texas has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation - only two states have a higher percentage of students who drop out of high school (Arizona and Nevada). The national Kids Count Project estimates that 13 percent of all Texas' 16-19 year olds are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates. This 1999 report examines the controversies surrounding the definition of “dropout” as well as assessment of data provided by the Texas Education Agency.

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