The following websites may serve as valuable resources when searching for and gathering data to complete your district's needs assessment.
STATE AND LOCAL RESOURCES
University of Texas Prevention Research Center
The UTPRC has data about teen birth rates by county in Texas as well as by congressional district. You can get the specific data for your county or congressional district as well as create your own teen birth rate map by Texas county or congressional district.
Texas Department of State Health Services – Birth Data
The Texas Department of State Health Services’s Center for Health Statistics provdes Texas birth data to the public. You can use this resource to get customized information about births in Texas, using different indicators, such as maternal age, county, race/ethnicity, and year. You can also create various birth maps.This database presents the data in frequencies, i.e., the actual number of times something happened. For example, ‘In 2009, there were xx births to girls ages 15-17.’ It is important to note that this is different from the teen birth rate, which is expressed as xx births per 1000 girls ages 15-17. Navigation tips:
Choose whether you want to see birth data or birth maps.
Select the various indicators in which you are interested.
TEA’s Academic Excellence Indicator System (AEIS) includes demographic and educational statistics, as well as data on educational outcomes such as school dropout. You can get this data by school district or by individual school.Navigation tips:
Once you click on the link, select the year about which you want information.
Click on the type of information you want (e.g., school, state).
Enter the specific school or district about which you want information to get the AEIS report for that school or district.
CDC’s National Vital Statistics System – Birth Data
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System has data on key birth statistics for the U.S. as well as tables containing these data in various forms (i.e., by state or mother’s age)
The YRBS is a national survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that looks at various health risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy HIV, and STI. National and state data are provided. The site has interactive data tables that allow searches for specific data.
The Child Trends Data Bank provides information on various health topics. Some of the topics related to adolescent sexual health include “Teen Births” and “Sexually Active Teens.” The site also has data on other adolescent behaviors such as the characteristics and number of teens that are sexually active or sexually experienced, as well as various charts and tables about adolescent sexual behaviors and teen births that you could use as resources and in presentations.
Annie E. Casey Foundation – KIDS COUNT Data Center
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in the U.S. The KIDS COUNT Data Center has up-to-date data on various indicators at the community-, state-, and national level.