Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

December 7, 2012

Southeast Iowa counties show increases in math and reading proficiency, high school graduation rates and reduced teen births

By Michael Schaffer - Managing editor
Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Women, infants and teens in Appanoose County and neighboring counties in southeast Iowa have been vulnerable in several categories for at least the past decade, according to a report released in November.

The report, released in November by the Child and Family Policy Center, "Iowa Kids Count 2011: Trends in the Well-Being of Iowa Children," details what children and families in Iowa have been dealing with since 2000.

For the most part, writes Michael Crawford, Iowa Kids Count director, the economic situation for Iowa families hasn't shown improvement for several years. For the entire state, food stamp use almost tripled from year 2000 to 2011, the unemployment rate more than doubled, the child poverty rate and percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches increased substantially during the same years, Crawford writes in a press release that accompanies the report.

However, southeast Iowa counties, including Appanoose, showed improvements in several categories like eighth grade math and fourth grade reading proficiency, high school graduation rates and lower teen births.

And then the five southeast Iowa counties in this story have mixed results in some of the categories.

For instance, when it comes to youth enrolled in preschool, Monroe County showed a decline while the other four showed an increase. In the category of child abuse and neglect, Davis and Wayne counties showed a decline while the other three showed an increase. In the category of children receiving WIC, Lucas County showed an increase while the other four showed a decrease.

Here's what the report's raw data has to say about children in Appanoose, Wayne, Lucas, Davis and Monroe counties.



• Child abuse and neglect per 1,000 children, age 0-17 between years 2000-2011:

Appanoose County went from 19.7 percent to 27 percent, for a positive 37.1 percent change.

Wayne County went from 16.2 percent to 14.7 percent for a negative 9.4 percent change.

Lucas County went from 11.7 percent to 17.9 percent for a positive 53.2 percent change.

Davis County went from 15.5 percent to 12.9 percent for a negative 16.7 percent change.

Monroe County went from 12.3 percent to 23.4 percent for a positive 90 percent change.

• Child poverty, children who live below the poverty level, age 0-17, between years 2000-2010:

Appanoose County went from 18.4 percent to 24.2 percent, for a 31.6 percent change.

Wayne County went from 19.6 percent to 26.5 percent, for a 35.2 percent change.

Lucas County  went from 16.5 percent to 25.4 percent, for a 53.9 percent change.

Davis County went from 20 percent to 27.8 percent, for a 39 percent change.

Monroe County went from 14 percent to 18.5 percent, for a 32.2 percent change.



• Children receiving WIC for age 0-4 between 2003-2011:

Appanoose County went from 37 percent to 30.3 percent, for a negative 18.1 percent change.

Wayne County went from 34.3 percent to 27.3 percent, for a negative 20.3 percent change.

Lucas County went from 42.1 percent to 43.4 percent, for a 3 percent change.

Davis County went from 16.7 percent to 7.8 percent, for a negative 53.5 percent change.

Monroe County went from 31.7 percent to 30.1 percent, for a negative 4.8 percent change.



• Earned Income Tax Credit for individual income tax filers from years 2000 to 2008:

Appanoose County went from 16.2 percent to 21.1 percent, for a 30.1 percent change.

Wayne County went from 14.6 percent to 17.3 percent, for a 18.7 percent change.

Lucas County went from 12.7 percent to 16.1 percent, for a 27 percent change.

Davis County went from 11.9 percent to 14.9 percent, for a 25.1 percent change.

Monroe County went from 12.1 percent to 15.6 percent, for a 29.2 percent change.





• Food assistance for individual between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 9.5 percent to 17.9 percent, for a 89.9 percent change.

Wayne County went from 7 percent to 14.2 percent, for a 102.9 percent change.

Lucas County went from 5.7 percent to 17.5 percent, for a 207.9 percent change.

Davis County went from 3.5 percent to 9.7 percent, for a 173.8 percent change.

Monroe County went from 6.5 percent to 12.2 percent, for a 88.1 percent change.



• Free or reduced-price lunch eligibility for students between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 44.1 percent to 45 percent for a 1.9 percent change.

Wayne County went from 43 percent to 50.4 percent for a 17.2 percent change.

Lucas County went from 30.6 percent to 48.9 percent for a 59.9 percent change.

Davis County went from 28.3 percent to 42.4 percent for a 49.6 percent change.

Monroe County went from 35 percent to 39.3 percent for a 12.4 percent change.



• High school graduation for public school students who graduate in four years between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 81.2 percent to 87.3 percent for a 7.6 percent change.

Wayne County went from 88.2 percent to 91.8 percent for a 4.1 percent change.

Lucas County went from 82.4 percent to 95 percent for a 15.4 percent change.

Davis County went from 87.2 percent to 87.3 percent for a .2 percent change.

Monroe County went from 92.5 percent to 95.9 percent for a 3.7 percent change.



• Low birthweight for live births weighing less than 5.5 pounds between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 5.6 percent to 7.8 percent for a 38.2 percent change.

Wayne County went from 5.1 percent to 11.1 percent for a 119.4 percent change.

Lucas County went from 5 percent to 4 percent for a negative 20.7 percent change.

Davis County went from 7 percent to 4.5 percent for a negative 35.8 percent change.

Monroe County went from NA to 7.4 percent for a NA percent change.



• Prenatal care for mothers who began care during the first trimester and gave a live birth between years 2007 to 2011:

Appanoose County went from 67.3 percent to 83.4 percent for a 24.1 percent change.

Wayne County went from 69.6 percent to 73.3 percent for a 5.3 percent change.

Lucas County went from 67.9 percent to 78.4 percent for a 15.3 percent change.

Davis County went from 53.7 percent to 59.4 percent for a 10.6 percent change.

Monroe County went from 81.7 percent to 90.4 percent for a 10.6 percent change.



• Preschool for children age 3-4 enrolled between years 2000 and 2010:

Appanoose County went from 41.4 percent to 50.8 percent for a 22.8 percent change.

Wayne County went from 36.4 percent to 51.7 percent for a 42.1 percent change.

Lucas County went from 43.1 percent to 47.2 percent for a 9.6 percent change.

Davis County went from 28.2 percent to 46 percent for a 63.4 percent change.

Monroe County went from 40.1 percent to 32.9 percent for a negative 17.8 percent change.



• Eighth grade mathematics proficiency for students proficient as measured by the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Alternate Assessment between years 2003 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 63.8 percent to 74.2 percent for a 16.3 percent change.

Wayne County went from 68.4 percent to 76.6 percent for a 12 percent change.

Lucas County went from 62.3 percent to 73.4 percent for a 17.8 percent change.

Davis County went from 67.6 percent to 72.4 percent for a 7.2 percent change.

Monroe County went from 60.4 percent to 67.9 percent for a 12.3 percent change.



• Fourth grade reading proficiency for students proficient as measured by the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills and Iowa Alternate Assessment between years 2003 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 79.5 percent to 80.2 percent, for a .9 percent change.

Wayne County went from 86.8 percent to 87.5 percent, for a .8 percent change.

Lucas County went from 74.5 percent to 96.8 percent, for a 29.9 percent change.

Davis County went from 76.1 percent to 85.4 percent, for a 12.3 percent change.

Monroe County went from 74.4 percent to 82.1 percent, for a 10.2 percent change.



• Single parent families between years 2000 and 2010:

Appanoose County went from 28.6 percent to 36 percent for a 25.7 percent change.

Wayne County went from 23.2 percent to 29.1 percent for a 25.4 percent change.

Lucas County went from 23.5 percent to 28.1 percent for a 19.3 percent change.

Davis County went from 17.1 percent to 22 percent for a 29 percent change.

Monroe County went from 25.6 percent to 28.1 percent for a 9.8 percent change.



• Teen births for women age 15-19 giving birth between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 4.3 percent to 3.8 percent for a  negative 12.2 percent change.

Wayne County went from 4.5 percent to 3.5 percent for a negative 21.9 percent change.

Lucas County went from 4.9 percent to 3.2 percent for a negative 35.2 percent change.

Davis County went from 4.2 percent to 3 percent for a negative 28.4 percent change.

Monroe County went from 4.3 percent to 2.5 percent for a negative 40.8 percent change.



• Teen unmarried births between years 2000 and 2010:

Appanoose County went from 7.7 percent to 12.6 percent for a 62.5 percent change.

Wayne County went from 6.3 percent to NA percent for a NA percent change.

Lucas County went from 8.4 percent to 9.7 percent for a 15.8 percent change.

Davis County went from 7 percent to 2.8 percent for a negative 59.6 percent change.

Monroe County went from 7.8 percent to 10.2 percent for a 30.1 percent change.



• Unemployment for individuals 16 years old in the labor force but unemployed between years 2000 and 2011:

Appanoose County went from 4.3 percent to 7.3 percent for a 70.4 percent change.

Wayne County went from 2.8 percent to 5.2 percent for a 88.5 percent change.

Lucas County went from 2.7 percent to 5.2 percent for a 92.9 percent change.

Davis County went from 2.7 percent to 7 percent for a 162.8 percent change.

Monroe County went from 14 percent to 18.5 percent, for a 32.2 percent change.