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New report shows Tennessee is improving well-being for children

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A new report shows Tennessee is getting nationwide recognition for improvement in the well-being of children.

The report released by Kids Count ranks Tennessee 35th in the country for overall child well-being, which is the best the state has ever ranked. Last year, Tennessee was ranked 38th. 

The Tennessee Commission for Children and Youth looks at statistics, including the number of children in poverty, young children not in school, child and teen death rates and the number of children in single-parent families. 

The annual rankings are determined by four categories. Here's how Tennessee did:

  • Health - 26th
  • Education - 33rd
  • Economic well-being - 35th
  • Family and community - 40th

Gov. Bill Haslam said Tuesday morning that he is not satisfied with being ranked among the lowest in the country, but he is confident the state can improve.

"We're thrilled to see we're moving forward. We think we can be a lot better than that, and I'm willing to bet that next year and the year after that you will continue to see Tennessee moving up in these rankings," Haslam said.

Haslam is being praised for the progress the state has made, specifically improvements in fourth and eighth grade testing scores in math and reading.

Click here to see the data for the state of Tennessee.

Click here to download the 2017 Kids Count Data Book.

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