Survey of the States

download 2014 sos button Survey of the StatesThe state of K–12 economic and financial education in the United States.

Key Findings
By the Numbers – Video
Take Action
Interactive Companion
About Survey of the States


Key Findings

  • All 50 states and the District of Columbia include economics in the K-12 standards for the first time.
  • While more states are implementing standards in economics, no improvement has been seen in the number of states requiring students to take an economics course as a high school graduation requirement. That number has remained steady at 22 since 2011.
  • Improvement has been seen in the area of personal finance course requirements. Four more states require students to take a personal finance course (or require that personal finance be included in an economics or civics course) as a high school graduation requirement, bringing the total to 17.
  • However, only 6 states require the testing of student knowledge in personal finance, only one more than in 2011.

By the Numbers – Video

Take a digital look at the State of Financial and Economic Literacy.

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Take Action

Research shows that requirements are the main driver of economics and personal finance being taught in schools. Here are some next steps!

Teachers: Take Action!

Access lesson plans
Find resources in your state
Use our free online game, Gen i Revolution, to engage your students in solving financial challenges
Participate in the National Economics Challenge
Participate in the National Personal Finance Challenge

Policy Makers: Take Action!

Get help from CEE via our advocacy toolkit
Engage your Chief State School Officer by exposing the problem and the solution
Connect with your state board of education officials
Learn about programs in place in your state and find schools ready to implement a new program

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Interactive Companion

2014 sots view the map button Survey of the takes users on a visual, interactive journey, walking them through

  • the cost of financial illiteracy,
  • benefits and the challenge of implementing it, and finally,
  • how to take action

The interactive map shows how the landscape has changed since the first survey in 1998 and includes state specific links to current policy for standards and course requirements in economics and personal finance.

About Survey of the States

Every two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The 2014 Survey of the States shows notable progress over the past 15 years since the first survey was conducted. The biennial Survey of the States serves as an important benchmark for our progress, revealing both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. Click here to read the 2014 press release.

Past Surveys

Funding for the 2014 Survey of the States was provided by Capital One Financial Corporation.
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