Overall State Child Well-being Ranking Rises
BALTIMORE/INDIANAPOLIS – Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2014 KIDS COUNT® Data Book ranked Indiana 27th nationally in overall child well-being, up three spots from 2013.
The new ranking is related to improvement in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test scores. Fewer Indiana fourth grade students scored below proficient reading level in 2013, an 11 percent change from 2005, and fewer Indiana eighth graders scored below proficient math level, also an 11 percent change. The rankings are for the 50 states.
The biggest improvements in overall rankings compared to last year’s Data Book are seen in Iowa, Utah, Illinois, Indiana and Tennessee. Indiana’s ranking for education is 26th, up from 34th in 2013.
Indiana’s child poverty rate is at 22 percent, meaning nearly a quarter (more…)