The Survey of the States is a biennial report that brings attention to the critical importance of economics and personal finance education by documenting its status in the fifty states and the District of Columbia. The 2011 Survey shows that while there has clearly been progress since the first survey in 1998, over the last two years the trend is slowing and in some cases moving backwards.

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is at the forefront of a movement to help young people succeed—as consumers, savers, investors, citizens and participants in a global economy—by working to ensure that K-12 economic and personal finance education is a priority in school systems across the country. This survey serves to facilitate an important dialogue that must take place between those who recognize that this knowledge and capability is critical for young people and the decision makers that can effect change. As a country, we must make it a priority to close this gap so as to enable young Americans to create opportunity for themselves and their communities.

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