ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A persistently high child poverty rate in New Mexico continues to offset slight improvements in some indicators of child well-being, according to the 2017 New Mexico Kids Count Data Book, just released by New Mexico Voices for Children and timed for the opening day of the state Legislature.
The state rates 49th overall in child well-being, with only Mississippi faring worse.
Many of the numbers are based on statistics compiled in 2014 and 2015, and these figures in some cases update New Mexico numbers that were used in the national Kids Count Data Book that was released last summer.
According to this most recent report, there was a 1 percentage point improvement in the number of children in pre-K, childcare or preschool; the percentage of 4th graders not reading at grade level went from 79 percent to 77 percent while the number of 8th graders not performing at grade level in math was flat at 79 percent; and the rate of high school students not graduating on time improved from 32 percent to 31 percent.
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