New state rankings on how America’s children are faring

A new report on how America’s children are faring, just released by the  nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation, found that Massachusetts is doing the best job and Mississippi the worst in four areas: economic well-being, education, health and family/community indicators.

The KidsCount 2014 Data Book finds that in 2012,  23 percent of U.S. children were living below the official poverty line and many others live just above it, a jump from 2005 when 19 percent were living below the poverty line.

It is the 25th such annual report released by the foundation, which collects and analyzes a mountain of data about the well-being of America’s children and issues a report with state rankings and a great deal of other information, which you can see in full here. Using the latest available data, it looks at the four areas to reach conclusions about how well children are doing in the United States.

Here are some charts with basic findings, including overall state rankings and education rankings (which are based on the number of children in preschool as well as graduation rates and scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress). You can find methodology and plenty of other information here.

 


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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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