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March 20, 2019

NEW DATA ADDED TO 26 CHARTS IN FOX CITIES LIFE STUDY

A study focusing on key aspects of the Fox Cities’ quality of life has been updated to include 26 new data charts incorporating information about education and learning, child abuse and neglect, libraries and civic engagement.

The 26 new data charts in the Fox Cities LIFE (Leading Indicators for Excellence) Study, funded by United Way Fox Cities, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are primarily related to community priorities of student performance and youth safety. These priorities, along with poverty and youth health were chosen by a cross-section of 200 community members who attended a LIFE Study Dive-In Day in June 2016.

The Fox Cities LIFE Study presents more than 200 data indicators about demographic, economic, social and health aspects of community life and is benchmarked against select counties, Wisconsin and the nation, with trending information. Community members are encouraged to use the data as a starting point for diving deeper into understanding local issues and opportunities for improvement, as well as tracking changes in the data over time.

The following new charts and key data points have been added to the interactive LIFE Study website, www.FoxCitiesLifeStudy.org.


LIFE STUDY CATEGORY: EDUCATION & LEARNING
Data Source: WI Dept. of Public Instruction

Data Indicator 5.04 - Grade 3 Reading Proficiency (1 of 2)

  • Updated Charts: Grade 3 Reading by County, Grade 3 Reading-All School Districts
  • With the exception of Outagamie County, the gap in reading proficiency levels between non-and economically disadvantaged 3rd graders was smaller for the Fox Cities region in 2018 when compared to the state of Wisconsin.
  • The Fox Cities region displayed a higher overall reading proficiency rate for all 3rd graders when compared to the state’s average in 2018.

Data Indicator 5.05 - Grade 3 Reading Proficiency(2 of 2)

  • Updated Chart: Grade 3 Reading Proficiency by Race/Ethnicity
  • Non-white 3rd graders have lower reading proficiency rates compared to white students. White students in 3rd grade had a proficiency rate of 50.8% in 2018. 
  • In the same year, Black/African American and Hispanic students had the lowest proficiency rates, 19.8% and 20.7% respectively.

Data Indicator 5.06 - Math, Reading and Science Proficiency

  • Updated Charts: Math Proficiency, Reading Proficiency, Science Proficiency, All School Districts
  • Student math, reading, and science proficiency rates, aggregated for the Fox Cities across all grade levels test, are all above the state average.
  • In 2018, proficiency levels across math, science, and reading ranged between 45.8% and 55.9% in Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago counties, meaning at least 44% of students were not proficient in one or more basic academic subject.

Data Indicator 5.07 - Economically Disadvantaged Students (1of 2)

  • Updated Charts: Free and Reduced-Price Lunch, Homeless Students
  • With the exception of Outagamie County, the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch decreased slightly across the Fox Cities region and state of Wisconsin between 2013 and 2017.

Data Indicator 5.08 - Economically Disadvantaged Students (2 of 2)

  • Updated Chart: Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Eligibility by Race/Ethnicity
  • The number of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunch was higher for minority groups when compared to White students from 2013 to 2017.
  • In 2017, 22.7% of White students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, up slightly from 2016; however, this is substantially lower than eligibility rates among Black/African American (74.1%) or Hispanic (69.5%) students in 2017.

Data Indicator 5.09 - School Attendance

  • Updated Charts: Grade 5 Attendance Rates, Habitual Truancy, School Attendance and Truancy by School District
  • While grade five attendance rates for the Fox Cities region are currently above the state average, a decline was recorded across all geographies between 2016 and 2017. Calumet saw the greatest drop in grade 5 attendance rates, falling 2.3 percentage points; although attendance data for at least one school district in the county were not reported in 2017.
  • Habitual truancy rates for Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago are consistently lower than the Wisconsin average.

Data Indicator 5.10 - High School Dropouts

  • Updated Charts: High School Dropout Rate by County, High School Dropout Rate by School District
  • High school dropout rates were relatively flat between 2013 and 2017 in Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, and Wisconsin.

Data Indicator 5.11 - Graduation Rate (1 of 2)

  • Updated Charts: Four-Year Graduation Rate by County, Four-Year Graduation Rate by School District
  • While four-year high school graduation rates experienced a rise and fall between 2013 and 2016, rates increased between 2016 and 2017 across all regions. Calumet, Outagamie, and Winnebago all ranked above the state’s average in 2017, while Wisconsin is currently ranked sixth highest in statewide graduation rates across the United States.

Data Indicator 5.12 - Graduation Rate (2 of 2)

  • ​Updated Chart: Four-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity
  • Although the four-year graduation rate declined among all racial/ethnic groups between 2015 and 2016, with the exception of those in the Two or More Races category, an increase was recorded across all groups between 2016 and 2017. The four-year graduation rate for students in the American Indian/Alaska Native group saw the greatest jump, increasing from 71% to 86% between 2016 and 2017.


LIFE STUDY CATEGORY: SAFETY
Data Source: WI Dept. of Children and Families

Data Indicator 6.05 - Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Updated Chart: Child Abuse and Neglect Rate
  • Definition of child abuse and neglect used with data indicator 6.05: From Wisconsin Department of Children and Families: Reported cases of abuse or neglect of children under age 18. Child abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. Neglect is defined as failure, refusal, or inability on part of a caregiver—for reasons other than poverty—to provide necessary food, clothing, medical or dental care, or shelter so as to seriously endanger the physical health of the child. 
  • Child abuse and neglect rates declined in Calumet and Outagamie counties between 2013 and 2016, with rates in Calumet being far below averages across the other geographies. Rates increased in Winnebago and the state of Wisconsin during the same period, however, with Winnebago also exceeding the state’s average across the years, reaching a peak rate of 42.8 reports of child abuse or neglect per 1,000 children in 2015.
  • Child Abuse and Neglect reports are only one piece of the story and represent all calls made to Child Protective Services. Reports themselves indicate concern but may not rise to the level of child abuse and neglect.
  • However, out-of-home placements, which are not included in the LIFE Study data indicate a severe case of abuse or neglect that requires the child(ren) to be removed from the home. We have included that supplemental information in the charts below.*

Entries into out-of-home care:

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Calumet

18

7

10

25

9

Outagamie

82

59

103

110

114

Winnebago

114

138

131

136

126

Wisconsin

5,089

5,174

5,165

5,252

5,506


Entries into out-of-home care per 1,000 children:

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

Calumet

1.4

0.5

0.7

2.0

0.7

Outagamie

1.9

1.2

2.3

2.5

2.6

Winnebago

3.2

3.7

3.7

3.9

3.6

Wisconsin

3.9

3.7

3.9

4.1

4.3


*Source: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/reportsChild Welfare, Out-of-Home Care Reports, Appendix N., Children entering into Public Adoptions were not included in the counts. Total entries include children that may have entered OHC multiple times.


LIFE STUDY CATEGORY: CULTURE & BELONGING
Data Sources:

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (8.03)
  • New York Times / U.S. House of Representatives, the Wisconsin State Legislature, and the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (8.04)

Data Indicator 8.03 - Public Libraries

  • Updated Charts: Visits, Circulation, Operating Expenditures, Program Attendance
  • While visits and circulation are trending down and continued to do so in 2016, program attendance is increasing across all geographies except Outagamie County. 

Data indicator 8.04 - Civic Engagement

  • Updated Charts: Voter Participation, Women Public Officials, Women Public Officials by Level of Public Office
  • In 2016, Calumet, Outagamie, Winnebago, and the state of Wisconsin had a voter participation rate of at least 60% compared to 55.8% for the United States. Despite this, voter participation rates declined in the Fox Cities region and Wisconsin while rates increased across the United States as a whole.