COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new report says that black children are faring worse in Ohio than all but five other states.
FILE - In this Wednesday, May 15, 2013 file photo, Elijah Bearsheart, left, holds his daughter, Keanala, 1, as he sits with his family, Kehala Diserly, Kiari Diserly, 3, and Yamni Pederson, 5, as they listen to testimony during the Indian Child Welfare Act summit in Rapid City, S.D. A new report on child well-being, measured by state and race, has turned an unflattering spotlight on some places not used to being at the bottom of such lists, including Wisconsin, with a worst-in-the-nation ranking for its black children, and South Dakota, with abysmal results for its American Indian youth. The report was released Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (AP Photo/Rapid City Journal, Benjamin Brayfield)
An index that comparing milestones for kids across racial and ethnic groups shows black, Latino and American Indian children scoring well below whites in every region of the county.
The index — compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and reported by The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1hzvI0j ) — shows just five states, all in the South or Midwest, posting lower scores for black children than Ohio.
The report looks at how children are faring on milestones that position them for success. It uses 12 indicators, including birth-weight data, reading and math proficiency, and neighborhood poverty.
The Children's Defense Fund-Ohio called the state's results for black children "dire."
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com