Ok, pulling 37 out of 50 doesn’t quite call for a bottle of bubbly to celebrate, but considering we’ve been stuck in slot 42 for three years running it’s definitely not a bad thing.
The state saw its highest marks in the "health" category with decreases in child and teen deaths by nearly 25 percent, and a drop of nearly 15 percent in the number of teens abusing drugs and alcohol between 2005 and 2009.
Our edu-ma-cation got better, too. Some 16 percent more kids graduated high school on time in 2009 compared with 2005, the years the report analyzed for this particular indicator.
But Georgia continued to slide in the "economic well-being" performance area, in large part mirroring trends seen across the country. While the nation as a whole witnessed substantial improvements in children well-being since the first report was released in 1990, the recent recession has wiped out many of the economic gains kids have seen since the late 1990s.
A quarter of kids in the state live in poverty, according to the report, and 34 percent of parents lack secure employment.
This year the report looked at 16 performance areas to evaluate state’s and national rankings, grouping them into four "key indicators" to help make sense of it all: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. In years past, the Casey Foundation looked at just 10 areas, making direct comparisons for some data problematic.
Plus, here's a little infographic from the report to get things going:
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