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Report: Maryland ranks 22nd nationally in overall child well-being

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Tuesday, June 11, 2024   

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has published its annual Kids Count Data Book and the report showed the toll the pandemic took on educational progress.

Maryland ranked 22nd overall in educational well-being, while declines in reading and math proficiency reflected national trends. Nationally only 32% of fourth graders were proficient in reading in 2022, which marked an improvement since the turn of the 21st century, but is lower than it was in 2019. Eighth grade math proficiency was also higher before the pandemic.

Nonso Umunna, Kids Count director at the Maryland Center on Economic Policy, said despite the trends, the state has taken a proactive approach on education in recent years.

"Maryland policymakers have taken steps in recent years to improve our schools, especially through the passage of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, and other changes," Umunna pointed out.

The state passed the Blueprint for Maryland's Future in 2021 and it will increase education funding by $3.8 billion annually over 10 years.

Maryland saw improving numbers around child economic well-being in this year's report, with the state ranked 18th. The number of children whose parents lack secure employment fell, as did the number of teens who are not in school and not working.

The report pointed out today's students will be the workforce of the mid-21st century, and Umunna stressed long-term educational disparities have a pronounced economic impact.

"This report also showed U.S. gross domestic product would have been about $540 billion larger in 2019, for instance, if race, ethnicity and gender disparities in educational achievement had been eliminated for the previous three decades," Umunna pointed out. "There is an economic cost to not addressing disparities."

The report recommended states utilize remaining pandemic-era funding allocated through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief program. Maryland has made use of those funds in the Maryland Tutoring Corps, a math-focused in-school tutoring program.


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