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 of Indiana’s children age 18 and under live in poverty. While that figure is slightly below the national average (23 percent), Indiana’s child poverty rate grew by 29 percent from 2005 to 2012, compared to 21 percent for the national average.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 25th edition KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children across the nation are faring. It gives a comprehensive index to measure childhood well-being at the national and state level in four categories—economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. The KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Indiana 27th in health and 31st in the family and community domain.
The Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) contributed data to the book for each of Indiana’s 92 counties.
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Earlier this year, the foundation released a series of reports including:
- Race for Results: In this KIDS COUNT policy report, the Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity.
- Early Reading Proficiency in the United States: This KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot outlines disparities in reading proficiency and recommendations to overcome them.
- The First Eight Years: This KIDS COUNT policy report makes the case for an integrated and comprehensive solution to meet the developmental needs of all children through age 8.