Texas’ rating with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2019 Kids Count Data Book has increased its overall child well-being by two points.
Now at 41st in the U.S. in overall child well-being, Texas’ economic well-being is ranked 39th, 30th in education, 39th in health and 47th in family and community.
Within economic well-being, children in poverty has decreased from 26% to 21%, children whose parents lack secure employment has also decreased from 31% to 26%.
In education, high school students not graduating on time has decreased from 14% to 10% which reveals more students are graduating on time prior to previous years. However, eighth-grade students no proficient in math has increased or worsened from 64% to 67%.
Under health, teens who abuse alcohol or drugs has decreased from 5% to 4%. Also, children without health insurance has decreased to 11% from 2010’s 15%.
Overall, family and community has decreased its percentages within each column — children in single-parent families, from 36% to 34%; children in families where the household head lacks a high school diploma, from 23% to 19%; children living in high-poverty areas, from 19% to 15%; and teen births, per 1,000, has gone from 52 to 28.
According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, “16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book 30 editions ago.”