(Ohio) – A recent report is showing unfortunate results in terms of how Ohio’s children are faring even before the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Buckeye State ranks 31st nationally for child well-being according to 2020 Kids Count Data Book, released earlier this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Additionally, Ohio fell from 16th to 18th in terms of the education domain, with 18 percent of students not graduating on time compared with 16% the year before.
In the education domain, Ohio fell from 16th to 18th among states, with 18 percent of students not graduating on time compared with 16 percent the previous year. Ohio came in at 27th for Economic Well-Being, 31st for Health; and 32nd in the Family and Community domain. Additionally, experts note that because the data was collected prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, significant changes in the indicators could present themselves over the next year.
The only health indicator where Ohio placed among the top 25 states was children without health insurance. But, in 10 of the report’s 16 indicators, Ohio ranks in the bottom half of the country.