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Kit B (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:32 am
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The 5 Worst and 5 Best States to Educate Your Kids

There's good news and bad news about the state of education in America. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundationís newly released KIDS COUNT Data Book, we've made progress and have had some setbacks. Academics and health have improved in most states, but our children's economic well-being continues to decline.

From the period of 2005 to 2011, there was an 11 percent reduction in the rate of high school students not graduating in four years; and an eight percent reduction in the proportion of eighth-graders scoring less than proficient in math. More kids are attending preschool, and elementary school kids are reading better. On the downside, from 2005 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty rose by 2.4 million.

When it comes to education, some states outrank others. Click through the gallery to see the top five and bottom five states for education in America. To learn more about how the Casey Foundation did their rankings,

***See Info-Graphic at VISIT SITE****Chart of overall state wide achievement for 2012.

By: Jenny Inglee | Education Editor | Take Part |

***Sign Petition: Help Prevent Cuts to Early Childhood Education*** at VISIT SITE**


Les M (3)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:35 am
Virginia used to be at or near the top of the list and now it isn't even in the top 10. i hope the other states got better and Virginia didn't get worse. it used to be a source of pride.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 9:59 am

Virginia is at number 11, and Texas just bit higher than we belong at number 32. The states have this information, there is reason behind all of this. Trash the education system, and make people want to privatize the whole thing.

JL A (282)
Monday April 8, 2013, 10:27 am
In many states the agencies responsible for children's services historically were required to explain why their data showed improvement, didn't show improvement and/or showed lost ground in reports to the public and/or governor. If your state does this, the related state website would show it--30-120 days after Casey Foundation released their annual report.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:21 am

A friend of mine that should be teaching math all day everyday, is routed by the system to spend her time training for a new test, preparing for the new tests, proctoring tests and giving make up tests. This is what we want for our students of tomorrow? The students do not have time for basic core curriculum, every day is spent in preparing for a test. A test that makes big money for someone, just not for the future of our students.

Arielle S (313)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:27 am
Yet another item I give George Bush credit for -

Nancy M (197)
Monday April 8, 2013, 11:44 am
Won't say a word about geography. Oops- I think I just did.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:00 pm

How many students can find their own state on a map? How many adults can find the US on a map?

Trick question: Name the capital of America?

Nancy M (197)
Monday April 8, 2013, 12:02 pm
North or South? LOL


Angelika R (143)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:02 pm
Kit is kitting now I think...come on..

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:09 pm
But I hear you... had my own personal key experience with US education when, at the time Desert Storm was about to start, I heard on CNN someone saying "most Americans never heard of the Persian Gulf and have no idea where it is".
Sure there won't be too many Al Frankens out there, but basics about their own country should be known and I hope that's the case. Every immigrant applying would do better than that at the test I assume.

Winn A (179)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:23 pm

Glenn Byrnes (195)
Monday April 8, 2013, 2:32 pm

. (0)
Monday April 8, 2013, 3:48 pm
In the last study I read, Louisiana, and Alabama were the lowest on the scale. It is interesting that New Mexico, and Nevada have replaced them. In addition, Texas, and Arizona, which also border Mexico are low on this scale. Tell me there is no need for immigration reform....

pam w (139)
Monday April 8, 2013, 4:33 pm
This is just SO DEPRESSING!

Roseann d (178)
Monday April 8, 2013, 6:15 pm
Knowledge is power and the ruling elite prefer we have neither.

Many Feathers (139)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 5:28 am

Jane H (139)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 7:02 am
So glad to see Kentucky is coming up in the world---now # 28---no longer at the bottom of the heap.....but we still need to do better.

. (0)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:11 am
Great article. Thanks for sharing. Florida tests schoolchildren too much, and the FCAT causes a lot of stress in their young lives.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:07 pm
I'm really proud of the New England area that 4 of the 6 States of that region got into the top 5. I am from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts which is number one. I'll track this story if you can leave a link to that petition you mention Kit, I can't seem to find it, but I'd sign if I could.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday April 9, 2013, 8:58 pm
Interesting to note, don't live in the US but am interested in the issue.

Bruno Moreira (61)
Wednesday April 10, 2013, 11:35 am
noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 11, 2013, 10:29 pm
Thank you.

Connie O (44)
Friday April 12, 2013, 3:45 pm
My state ranks 7th
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