Nevada leads last in education of Kids Count Report

By Justine Espersen

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a national report today based on the well-being of children in the United States; Nevada ranked last in education and 48th overall.
The 2012 Kids Count report ranked Nevada 49th for their economic well-being, 46th for children’s health, and 41st in the family and community rank.

As for the economic well-being, Nevada has 144,000 children in poverty as of 2010, which is 22 percent of the population. About 15 percent of teens are not in school and not working as of 2010.

Within the education the education spectrum, 75 percent of Nevada’s fourth graders are not proficient in reading, 71 percent of eight graders are not proficient in math as of 2011. Additionally, 15,432 high school students did not graduate on time within 2008-09.

In the health indicators, Nevada had the most children without health insurance in 2010 leading with 17 percent.

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