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A Survey of Economic Understanding in U.S. High Schools

  • Roger B. Butters
  • Carlos J. Asarta

The recent widespread adoption of online competitions in economic education provides a unique opportunity to make frequent assessments of economic literacy in U.S. classrooms. In this survey, student responses to test items from the Test of Economic Literacy (TEL) are used to create economic concept and content area achievement benchmarks. These benchmarks provide an interim renorming of the TEL and allow the authors to gauge the status of economic understanding among high school students. The data also allow the authors to compare learning outcomes between regular and advanced economics classes. Finally, the authors find that students in advanced economics classes significantly outperform students in regular classes.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

Volume (Year): 42 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 200-205

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Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:42:y:2011:i:2:p:200-205
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