Mississippi receives highest education ranking ever of 30th in U.S. from latest Kids Count national report

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Mississippi improved its education ranking to 30th in the nation – the state’s highest ranking ever – according to the 2024 Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book released  June 10, 2024. KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Mississippi 32nd in 2023 and 39th in 2022. The state was ranked 48th in education in 2014 and has experienced continued improvement. The 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book is a 50-state report of recent household data developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that analyzes how children and families are faring. Each year, the Data Book presents national and state data from 16 indicators in four domains — economic well-being, education, health, and family and community factors — and ranks the states according to how children are doing. Mississippi ranks 49th in overall child well-being and has shown progress in half of the 16 indicators. The 2024 report also examines the national unprecedented declines in student math and reading proficiency brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on education. KIDS COUNT ranks education by measuring pre-K enrollment, 4th grade reading skills, 8th grade math proficiency and the high school graduation rate. The 2024 KIDS COUNT Data Book is available at www.aecf.org. 

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Mississippi receives highest education ranking ever of 30th in U.S. from latest Kids Count national report

By Jackson Advocate News Service
June 17, 2024