Florida lags behind other states in overall child well-being
An annual report which analyzes the general well-being of children ranked Florida 35th among states.
Why is this important: Children have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, along with transitioning to school and socializing, so sitting solidly in the bottom half is of concern.
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Inventory: The Annie E. Casey Foundation classifies the status of children in four main categories: economic well-being, education, health and family and community.
The big picture: Our overall ranking is the same as last year, and our ranking for economic well-being also remained the same at 42.
But we improved in other categories, going from 34th to 32nd for family and community, from 16th to 12th for education, and from 38th to 31st for health.
Something to be proud of: Our rate of high school students who did not graduate on time increased from 29% in 2010-2011 to 13% in 2018-2019.
Room for growth: 48% of children aged 3 to 4 were out of school between 2017 and 2019, down slightly from 50% in 2009-2011.
69% of eighth graders were not proficient in math in 2019, up from 71% in 2009.
62% of fourth graders could not read, up slightly from 64% in 2009.
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