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Survey of the States

UPDATE: We will be releasing the new Survey of the States on February 5, 2020! Keep an eye on this page for the download link and more!

Where do we stand now?

Since the 2018 Survey of the States, there have been positive improvements in K-12 personal finance requirements.



  States that have included personal finance in their standards Number of states that require the implementation of these standards States that require high school courses to be offered States that require students take courses States that require testing
2018 Survey of the States    45 37 22 17 7
Recent legislation
  1 2 2  
Current totals   38 24 19 7

About the 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 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.

Take action today!

Research shows that requirements are the main driver of economics and personal finance being taught in schools. You can take action to make sure that all of our students – not just those living in states with strong financial education mandates – are equipped with the economic understanding and critical-thinking skills necessary to make informed decisions. Here’s what you can do:




For media inquiries about the Survey of the States study, please contact: ayaspan@councilforeconed.org, 212-827-3606.