Tennessee Children
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Wed April 2, 2014

Tennessee Children Lag Behind In Latest AECF Kids Count Report

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its latest policy report this week, finding that Tennessee children are lagging behind in educational attainment and overall well-being.

For the first time, the Foundation’s report, Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, investigated how poverty, violence and other factors contribute to racial inequality.

Nationwide and in Tennessee, black and Hispanic children are far behind white and Asian children in academic success, health and economic well-being. Children of all races in Tennessee are behind their peers in all categories in other states.

White children in Tennessee scored nearly twice that of Hispanic and black children on a one thousand-point scale, but trailed white children in other states, ranking 44th.

Tennessee’s black teens ranked 9th in the US for graduation rate.

Tennessee bested the national average in: (1) on-time high school graduation; (2) the number of children living in homes with at least one adult with a high school degree.

Overall, Tennessee ranks 32nd in the US.