Maryland’s children fare well in well-being – Baltimore Sun

Maryland children are thriving in most areas of life, but a recent spike in deaths unveiled in an annual report on the well-being of young people is raising concern among advocates.

Maryland ranked 16th among states for the well-being of its children in the 2017 Kids Count Data Book, released each year by the nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore. The report determines how well kids are thriving by ranking states on 16 indicators across four key areas: health, education, economic well being and family and community.

In education, Maryland ranked 12th. The state did particularly well in making sure children graduated from high school on time. Eighty-seven percent of Marylanders graduated on time; the national rate was 83 percent.

But the state lost ground on children’s math skills. In 2015, 65 percent of eighth-graders were not proficient in math, up from 60 percent in 2009.

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