JULY 27, 2005 - Posted at 4:38 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - An annual study from the non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation says the well-being of Arkansas children is improving, although the state still falls behind most others in the country.
The foundation looked at children's health, education and socio-economic status from 2000 to 2003 in compiling its "Kids Count Data Book." Since 2000, Arkansas' high school dropout rate has dropped and the state has improved in seven of ten measures. Still, Arkansas ranked 44th in the country for the second year in a row.
Falling in behind the state were South Carolina, New Mexico, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.