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Report: El Dorado students ahead of other counties for health, education

William Ferchland

Dan Thrift / Tribune file photo / Cesar Hernandez, 7, twirls the rope while Jennifer Valdivia, 8, hops at Sierra House Elementary School earlier this year. El Dorado County students scored high marks this year in the areas of health, according to a study released today.

El Dorado County scored high marks for health, education and economic coverage for its children, according to a twice-yearly report.

The 2007 California County Data Bank stated the county was near the top for children enrolled in preschool, meeting state education targets and having students covered with health insurance when compared to the rest of the state’s 58 counties.

Corey Newhouse, senior policy associate with the project, commended the county.

“Relative to other counties, El Dorado is doing well,” she said.

The county can improve in some areas. One in five children are diagnosed with asthma, while Latinos and children from low-income families should enroll in preschool in greater numbers, Newhouse said.

But she praised the county for its 86 percent rate of children visiting the dentist in the past year, which is above the state average of 80 percent.

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The report included children 2 to 17 years old, roughly 33,000 youths.

County Superintendent of Schools Vicki Barber was happy to hear the news of the county’s rank in children meeting state educational standards.

“We are very pleased with the performance and think that’s a reflection of the work done in our schools,” she said.

According to a new report and online resource by Children Now, entitled the “2007 California County Data Book,” El Dorado County ranks:

— Seventeen out of the state’s 58 counties in the percentage of children with health insurance.

— Four out of 58 in the percentage of children, ages 3 and 4, enrolled in preschool.

— Four out of 58 in the percentage of elementary school students meeting state targets in English Language Arts.

— Three out of 58 in the percentage of elementary school students meeting state targets in Math.

Source: 2007 California County Data Book

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