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Success of All Children Key to Prosperous Future, New KIDS COUNT Policy Report Says

A new data snapshot on education find fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over the past 10 years than those of students in most other states. The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores. However, the gap between scores of lower income and higher income Tennessee students is the highest in the nation. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States is available online at www.aecf.org. New index indicator data are available at http://bit.ly/1dNvmnu.



Tennessee Fourth Graders’ NAEP Reading Scores Improved over 10-Year Period

A new data snapshot on education find fourth grade reading scores of Tennessee students improved more over the past 10 years than those of students in most other states. The report, KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States, compares 2003 and 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) fourth grade reading scores. However, the gap between scores of lower income and higher income Tennessee students is the highest in the nation. KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Early Reading Proficiency in the United States is available online at www.aecf.org



New KIDS COUNT policy report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success Available

The critical importance of the early years for children and our shared future is highlighted in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report, The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success, calls a child’s first eight years foundational for assuring success in school and life.


By the time they reach third grade, only slightly more than one in three children in the United States have developed the cognitive skills necessary to be on track to successfully complete high school. Unfortunately, federal spending on children is lowest during the years when rapid brain growth is occurring.


The First Eight Years: Giving Kids a Foundation for Lifetime Success is available online at www.aecf.org


Tennessee Ranks 39 in 2013

Tennessee is 39th in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 National KIDS COUNT Data Book ranking of child well-being released today.


Rankings on 16 indicators are clustered in four domains — Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community. Tennessee improved slightly on two domains, held steady on one and dropped on another.

 

The national KIDS COUNT Data Book is available online. To access information for Tennessee, go to http://datacenter.kidscount.org/tn. The Data Center has been enhanced with a new, user-friendly mobile site, accessible at http://mobile.kidscount.org.


KIDS COUNT in Tennessee

The toxic stress resulting from childhood trauma, including child abuse, is the focus of TCCY's newest KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee.


KIDS COUNT: The State of the Child in Tennessee is an annual data book that tracks the status of children by analyzing state level statistical indicators of child well-being using social, educational, economic and health data.


Tennessee's program cooperates with state departments, universities and other organizations to collect information used in the book.


At the national level, KIDS COUNT, a project of the Annie E. Casey foundation, is a state-by-state effort to track the status of children across the states. By providing policymakers and citizens with benchmarks of child well-being, KIDS COUNT seeks to enrich local, state, and national discussions concerning ways to secure better futures for all children.


Tennessee Leads Nation in Juvenile Justice Reforms

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth celebrates two reports being released today highlighting Tennessee’s success in reducing its reliance on confinement as a response to juvenile crime.


KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot: Youth Confinement in the United States, available on the Annie E. Casey Foundation website, reports Tennessee bested the nation in reducing youth incarceration, with a 66 percent drop between 1997 and 2010. The Justice Policy Institute's report, Common Ground focuses on five states, including Tennessee, that had been most successful in reducing youth incarceration. This report is available at on The Justice Policy Institute website.