WAVE 3 News Editorial – July 21, 2015: Child Wellness - wave3.com-Louisville News, Weather & Sports

WAVE 3 News Editorial – July 21, 2015: Child Wellness

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For a child in our country, it matters where you are born.

It shouldn’t, but it does.

The latest Kids Count data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows overall child well-being is best in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire; and worst in Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico and Nevada.

Not coincidentally, the states ranked best overall are ranked best in education and the states ranked worst overall are ranked worst in education.

Indiana children are ranked 27th nationally in overall well-being and Kentucky children 35th.

Both have improved, but much more needs to be done to get into the top half of the country.

Sadly, 64 percent of Kentucky fourth graders and 62 percent of Indiana fourth graders are not proficient in reading, and 62 percent of Indiana eight graders and 70 percent of Kentucky eighth graders are not proficient in math.

Kentucky ranks 30th overall in education and Indiana 26th.

Expedite education improvements, and overall child well-being will improve.

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