Measuring Access to Opportunity In the United States

Measuring Access to Opportunity In the United States

KIDS COUNT Policy Report released 5/12/2014

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

At a time when the best-possible data are being used to drive decisions, we as a country need to use the most accurate, reliable measurements of poverty.  We need to understand how programs that lift families out of poverty are working because we know that growing up economically deprived can have a profound and negative impact on children’s education achievement and puts them at greater risk of other poor outcomes as adults.

Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States points to a better index for measuring poverty – the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM)- which captures the effect of safety net programs and tax policies on families.

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