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How well is your state teaching the whole child?

By Laura Devaney
June 29th, 2015

Updated ASCD data highlights whole child progress, initiatives nationwide

whole-childASCD has released updated Whole Child Snapshots for each of the 50 U.S. states to display the progress the nation has made in supporting the whole child as well as the areas where negative trends have continued.

The snapshots encompass various stages of a child’s development, from prekindergarten through postsecondary education; provide a picture of child success and well-being that extends beyond academic performance; and reflect the collaboration and shared responsibility of families, schools, communities, and policymakers in supporting the whole child.

The snapshots do not rank or grade states but instead provide data points aligned with each of the five whole child tenets―which contend that each student must be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged―so that each state can measure its individual progress and compare its successes and challenges to the other states and to the nation as a whole.

Next page: A look at whole child data from across the nation