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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2017

Changes to This Year's Report

Wherever possible, we have updated indicators with the latest available data. In addition, the Forum has worked to enhance the report by revising certain indicators to reflect improvements in the availability of data sources, substantive expansion of the indicator, or clarification of the concept being measured. This year's report features such modifications to the following indicators: Child Maltreatment (FAM7), Illicit Drug Use (BEH3), High School Academic Coursetaking (ED3), and Diet Quality (HEALTH6). The Child Maltreatment indicator reflects definition and data count changes; the Illicit Drug Use indicator highlights marijuana use as the main driver of illicit drug use among adolescents; the High School Academic Coursetaking indicator has been revised, due to a data source change, to show course enrollments, rather than course completions; and the Diet Quality indicator captures the Healthy Eating Index as absolute component scores, rather than as percentages of their maximum scores. Consequently, these indicator modifications yield data that are not comparable to data shown in previous reports.