Report: Tenn. drops in child well-being ranking, improves in areas

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 12:47pm

A recent report on the well-being of children in Tennessee shows the state has improved in key areas despite a drop in its ranking.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth released the annual Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count report on Monday.

Compared to other states, Tennessee ranks 39th when it comes to overall child well-being, a drop from last year's ranking of 36th.

However, the state improved in the areas of high school students who don't graduate on time and teen birth rate.

The percentage of students not graduating on time dropped from 29 percent to 20 percent, and the teen birth rate went from 55 births per 1,000 to 43.

Commission executive director Linda O'Neal says the agency is committed to a range of strategies aimed at improving outcomes for children.

2 Comments on this post:

By: amyinsparta on 6/25/13 at 9:19

I assume 'not graduating on time' means the same as 'not finishing the schooling'? Or does it mean that the kids do finish 12th grade at some pt. in the future? If the former, that is a very disturbing stat. It's bad enough that grads don't have the wherewithal to manage in the world, but to have a quarter of them not even getting the basics is beyond troubling. No wonder the state is at the bottom in all areas of life. That quarter is responsible for most of the other sad statistics. The question is, how do we change the culture of anti-knowledge? I've never understood the mentality of thinking ignorance is a good thing. It may be bliss, but in the end, it will do way more harm than good for the person, the state, and the country.

By: amyinsparta on 6/25/13 at 9:20

I assume 'not graduating on time' means the same as 'not finishing the schooling'? Or does it mean that the kids do finish 12th grade at some pt. in the future? If the former, that is a very disturbing stat. It's bad enough that grads don't have the wherewithal to manage in the world, but to have a quarter of them not even getting the basics is beyond troubling. No wonder the state is at the bottom in all areas of life. That quarter is responsible for most of the other sad statistics. The question is, how do we change the culture of anti-knowledge? I've never understood the mentality of thinking ignorance is a good thing. It may be bliss, but in the end, it will do way more harm than good for the person, the state, and the country.