Indiana Ranks 27th In The Nation For Children’s Well-Being

Indiana ranks 27th in the nation overall for child well-being, according to the 2014 Kids Count Data Book, moving up three spots from last year. The report shows improvements in educational indicators, but childhood poverty persists. Glenn Augustine with the Indiana Youth Institute says kids have made gains in reading and math test scores, but a big number of students still performed below proficiency, which only adds to the poverty rate. The report shows Indiana's child poverty rate grew by nearly 30 percent from 2005 to 2012, with more than a quarter of those age 18 and younger living in poverty.