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Courses helping students understand economics

As part of the 2006 economics assessment, 12th-grade students who reported that they had taken at least one course that included economics content were asked to what extent the course or courses helped them understand economics and make effective decisions. The full text of the question and the percentage of students that responded in each category is presented below.

Think about the course(s) in Question 1. How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about those courses that you took?

  Percentage of students
Statements Strongly disagree Somewhat disagree Somewhat agree Strongly agree

Taking the course(s) helped me understand the U.S. economy

8 9 57 26

Taking the course(s) helped me understand the international economy

11 20 56 13

Taking the course(s) helped me understand what I hear on the news about current events and public policy

8 13 50 29

Taking the course(s) helped me understand how to manage my personal finances, now and in the future

13 19 42 26

Taking the course(s) helped me to make choices about my future education and career

17 20 38 25

Check for Statistical Significance

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2006 Economics Assessment.

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