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The National Assessment of Educational Progress in Economics: Test Framework, Content Specifications, and Results


  • Stephen Buckles
  • William B. Walstad


A significant event for the advancement of economic education in the schools is the development of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in economics. For the first time, national data from a representative sample of students are available to measure the achievement of high school students in economics. The achievement results are reported overall, across three content areas, by cognitive levels, and for different subgroups of students. The results and data set are a valuable resource for evaluating the status of economic education in schools and for recommending needed changes. The authors review seven issues that had to be resolved in the preparation of this assessment to provide insights about this measure for potential users of the assessment results and data. They also provide a brief description of the results from the 2006 testing.

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  • Stephen Buckles & William B. Walstad, 2008. "The National Assessment of Educational Progress in Economics: Test Framework, Content Specifications, and Results," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 39(1), pages 100-106, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:39:y:2008:i:1:p:100-106
    DOI: 10.3200/JECE.39.1.100-106

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    1. Phillip Saunders, 2011. "A history of economic education," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 1 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Stoddard, Christiana & Urban, Carly & Schmeiser, Maximilian, 2017. "Can targeted information affect academic performance and borrowing behavior for college students? Evidence from administrative data," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 56(C), pages 95-109.
    3. repec:mts:jrnlee:v:16:y:2016:i:1:p:22-35 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Paul W. Grimes, 2011. "Economic Education in American Elementary and Secondary Schools," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 25 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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