Benchmarks

Derived from work of the
Annie E. Casey Foundation


Safe Children
Protected from abuse & neglect

  • Child abuse rate
  • Child neglect rate

Protected from injury

  • Violent death rate for children 0-12
  • Violent death rate for youth 13-18
  • Accidental death rate for infants  through 24 months
  • Accidental death rate for children 2-12
  • Accidental death rate for children 13-18

Healthy Children
Born healthy

  • Number/Percent of babies born  weighing at least 2500 grams
  • Infant mortality rate
  • Number/Percent of mothers who do not  smoke, drink, or abuse drugs during pregnancy

Protected from preventable illness

  • Number/Percent of children with all required vaccinations before age 2
  • Rate of emergency room visits due to childhood asthma

Healthy lifestyle

  • Number/Percent of children with health insurance
  • Number/Percent of children within recommended weight range
  • Number/Percent of youth that reported smoking within last year

Educated Children
Succeeding in School

  • Number/Percent of children in grades
  • 1-8 that pass the Criterion-Reference   Tests (CRTC) the first time they take it
  • Number/Percent of youth passing the  Georgia High School Graduation Test  (GHSGT) the first time they take it
  • Number/Percent of youth who graduate from high school within four years of entering 9th grade
  • Number/Percent of children leaving DJJ  programs who complete high school/GED
  • Number/Percent of children leaving foster care who complete high school/GED
  • Number/Percent of youth who are high  school dropouts who earn GEDs before their 21st birthday

Prepared Children
Prepared to compete in the  world marketplace

  • Number/Percent of 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade students that meet or exceed the national average of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Number/Percent of youth who earn baccalaureate degrees within 5 years of graduating from high school
  • Number/Percent of youth who earn one- or two-year certificates at technical and adult education colleges within 3 years of graduating from high school
  • Number/Percent of high school students that are employed in full-time jobs, enrolled in higher education, or members of the armed forces within 12 months of graduation

Prepared to become law-abiding citizens

  • Number/Percent of youth that have not been sentenced or recommitted to the state's  juvenile or adult correctional system 3 years after discharge from a DJJ community-based program
  • Number/Percent of youth that have not been sentenced or recommitted to the state's juvenile or adult correctional system 3 years  after discharge from a DJJ youth development  campus
  • Conviction rate of youth offenses, property offenses, drug offenses

Nurtured Children
Strong Families

  • Number/Percent of children born into two parent families
  • Number/Percent of child support compliance
  • Rate of new families at risk (first births to unmarried women under 20 with less than a 12th grade education)
  • Number/Percent of Georgia families with incomes below the federal poverty level
  • Number/Percent of children in out-of-home placement during some part of the past year
  • Teen pregnancy rate


Strong Communities

  • Number/Percent of children under age 19  living in communities with crime rates below  the national average
  • Number/Percent of children under age 19  living in communities with unemployment rates  below the national average
  • Number/Percent of children under age 19 living in communities with active community  collaboratives
  • Number/Percent of children reunited with their     family
  • Number/Percent of children in foster care with fewer than two placements in the previous 12-month period