Louisiana ranked 48th in Overall Child Well-Being in 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book | Agenda for Children

Louisiana ranked 48th in Overall Child Well-Being in 2024 KIDS COUNT® Data Book

The 35th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book examines the unprecedented national declines in student math and reading proficiency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on education. The latest data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress reveals that between 2019 and 2022, fourth-grade reading and eighth-grade math scores plummeted, representing decades of lost progress. This alarming trend underscores the urgent need for action to address the growing academic disparities among U.S. students.

Today’s students, who will comprise America’s future workforce, are ill-prepared for the high-level reading, math and problem-solving skills required in a competitive global economy. The failure to adequately prepare our children will have dire consequences for their futures and for the economic vitality of our nation.

This year’s publication continues to present national and state data across four domains — economic well-being, education, health and family and community — and ranks states in overall child well-being. This year’s data show that nearly one in every five Louisiana children (19%) lives in a high-poverty neighborhood, which was more than double the national average (8%). In positive news, Louisiana was one of just three states where fourth grade reading proficiency improved between 2019 and 2022.

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