Investing in Early Childhood: The Path to a More Prosperous South Carolina – references

Publication Summary:

Children in the United States are struggling. In 2011, roughly two-thirds of fourth and eighth grade public school children lacked proficiency in math and reading, and only one-third of students had at least proficient science knowledge. When comparing the United States’ scholastic achievement with the other 33 countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), American 15-year-olds had average scores in the science and reading rankings and ranked below average in math. Regrettably, the welfare of children in South Carolina is even more precarious. On a recent national survey of child well-being, The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count, South Carolina ranked 43rd among the states in child well-being, and more specifically, it failed to achieve consistent improvements in economic, family and community well-being. Furthermore, children in South Carolina have even lower levels of reading and math proficiency than the average fourth and eighth graders in the United States.

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