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Flaws decried in data on US children's well-being

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new report says serious shortcomings in national data, including an outdated federal measure of household poverty, are undermining the task of identifying and assisting America's most vulnerable children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation says in its annual Kids Count report on children's well-being that America's efforts to track and analyze such trends "fall far short of what is possible, what is needed, and what is demanded."

The report urges the government to overhaul its formula for measuring poverty, strengthen efforts in the 2010 Census to fully count children and minorities, and improve the national vital statistics system to better track data on disadvantaged families.

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