Survey of the States

The state of K–12 economic and financial education in the United States

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 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. There has been notable progress since the first survey was published in 1998, yet the pace of change has slowed.

2016 Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools

The 2016 Survey of the States shows that there has been slow growth in personal finance education in recent years and no improvement in economic education.

2016 Key Findings

  •  Since 2014, two additional states include personal finance in their K-12 standards and require those standards to be taught.
  •  While more states are implementing standards in personal finance, the number of states that require high school students to take a course in personal finance remains unchanged since 2014 – just 17 states.
  • Only 20 states require high school students to take a course in economics – that’s less than half the country and two fewer states than in 2014.
  • There has been no change in the number of states that require standardized testing of economic concepts – the number remains at 16.