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The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the financial and economic education of students from kindergarten through high school—and we have been doing so for nearly 70 years. Each year, CEE and its affiliates train approximately 55,000 teachers in person, and those teachers, in turn, reach approximately 5 million students throughout the country. EconEdLink – our free, online educator gateway for personal finance and economic lessons and resources – attracts more than 1 million unique visitors each year.


  • 2018 Survey of the States: Every two years, CEE conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 financial and economic 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. The 2018 Survey of the States reflects no growth in personal finance education in recent years and little improvement in economic education.

2018 Key Findings

  • Since 2016, no additional states have added personal finance to their K-12 standards or requirements.
  • Only 1/3 of states require their students to have taken a personal finance class to graduate.
  • Rhetoric is not meeting action: while policymakers and the public regularly call for us to do better as a nation, those calls are not translating into real legislative change.
  • “If it’s not tested it’s not taught”, and only a few states are ensuring that robust testing accompanies classroom instruction –16 states for economics and a mere 7 for personal finance.Download the study to find out more about each individual state.
  • National Personal Finance Challenge: The National Personal Finance Challenge provides middle and high school students with an exciting and motivating opportunity to build, apply and showcase their knowledge of this important subject. Sponsored this year by the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, with support from CEE, the National Personal Finance Challenge provides teachers with the opportunity to give their students essential tools to create financial stability and economic opportunity. Students across the country compete on the state level, with state winners advancing to the National Finals in Lincoln, Neb.
  • The 57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference: CEE is excited to be hosting its 57th Annual Financial Literacy and Economic Education Conference in Atlanta, GA! The Conference is a nationwide meeting of K–12 educators, Federal Reserve partners, and other educators in this field. It features dozens of professional development workshops on financial and economic literacy for elementary, middle and high school levels.  CEE’s 57th Annual Conference will be held on Oct. 4-6 in Atlanta, Ga.


The work of the Council for Economic Education is supported by corporations, foundations and individuals who are committed to improving financial and economic education in our nation’s classrooms. Every gift makes a difference! All unrestricted gifts received help us carry out our mission—to help teachers teach personal finance and economics to their students.


  • 2018 Survey of the States: We are excited to announce the release of our 2018 Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools.Download the study to find out more about each individual state and learn about what you can do in your local community to help get personal finance and economic education in your local schools.
  • New On EconEdLinK – Free Resources for K-12 teachers:  We just released eight NEW personal finance concept videos on EconEdLink! These videos are a perfect complement to teachers’ personal finance lessons; they cover concepts such as Human Capital, Compound Interest, Financial Markets, Credit Scores & more.

Learning, Earning, and Investing for a New Generation 
High School Economics

Daniel Thompson