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Child Well-Being: Indiana Improves in Education, but Poverty Persists



New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist.

The 2014 Kids Count Data Book is an annual snapshot of child well-being and Indiana ranks 27th nationally, up three spots from last year.

Glenn Augustine with the Indiana Youth Institute says Hoosier kids have made gains in reading and math test scores, but a significant number of  students still performed below proficiency.

And he says improving educational outcomes is critical to reducing the state's child poverty rate.

According to the report, Indiana's child poverty rate grew by 29 percent from 2005 to 2012, with more than a quarter of those 18 and younger  living in poverty.