April was Financial Literacy Month, and educators, families, non-profit organizations and businesses across the country rallied in support of financial education.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress released The Nation’s Report Card: Economics 2012, Grade 12 at the end of April. These tests are administered by the National Assessment Governing Board, who develop assessment frameworks in mathematics, reading, writing, science, geography, U.S. history, civics, economics, the arts and technological literacy.
Students’ scores of economic literacy changed little between 2006 and 2012, suggesting that the national discussion about the millions of jobs that were lost and homes that were foreclosed didn’t translate to higher academic achievement. During that period, several states added an economics course to high school offerings and some started requiring it to earn a diploma.
The article “Recession doesn’t change students’ econ savvy” shares thoughts from financial literacy and economic education leaders, including Annamaria Lusardi, CEE board member, and Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO.
CEE’s work has been mentioned specifically by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; “Financial education supports not only individual well-being, but also the economic health of our nation,” Bernanke told a town hall-style meeting with teachers in 2012. “As the recent financial crisis illustrates, consumers who can make informed decisions about financial products and services not only serve their own best interests, but, collectively, they also help promote broader economic stability.”