Studies show a child born in Kentucky is significantly less likely to succeed in life than children in most other states.
The analysis by Education Week magazine is based on several factors that highlight whether young children get off to a good start, do well in school and achieve educational and economic success as adults.
Kentucky ranked 41st out of all the states due to high poverty rates, low parental education and employment.
The Commonwealth scored at or below the national average for all but one of the 13 measures of success, with weak performances in middle school math, post secondary participation and adult education levels.
Kentucky did fare well for its high percentage of parents who speak English fluently.