There's good news and bad news about the state of education in America. According to The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s newly released KIDS COUNT Data Book, we've made progress and have had some setbacks. Academics and health have improved in most states, but our children's economic well-being continues to decline.
From the period of 2005 to 2011, there was an 11 percent reduction in the rate of high school students not graduating in four years; and an eight percent reduction in the proportion of eighth-graders scoring less than proficient in math. More kids are attending preschool, and elementary school kids are reading better. On the downside, from 2005 to 2010, the number of children living in poverty rose by 2.4 million.
When it comes to education, some states outrank others. Click through the gallery to see the top five and bottom five states for education in America. To learn more about how the Casey Foundation did their rankings, click here.