Tennessee children rank 32nd for health, well-being

Tennessee children rank 32nd for health, well-being

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A new national report finds Tennessee's children rank 32nd among all states for academic success, health and economic well-being.

The Tennessean reports the Annie E. Casey Foundation's "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children" scores states on 12 measurements. They include child birth-weight, eighth grade math proficiency, rate of teen pregnancies, whether children live in two-parent families and percentage of children growing up in poverty.

The report found that black and Hispanic children trailed behind their white and Asian peers both in Tennessee and across the nation.

Tennessee scored above the national average on only two measures: on-time high school graduation and the number of children living in homes with at least one adult with a high school degree or better.

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