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Sources for learning about economics

As part of the 2006 economics assessment, 12th-grade students were asked about the extent to which they used various sources when learning about economics. The question and the percentage of students that responded in each category are presented below.

To what extent do you use the following sources to learn about economic issues

  Percentage of students
Sources Not at all Small extent Moderate extent Large extent

Newspapers and magazines

19 37 31 12

Radio and television

12 26 34 28


19 26 28 26

Family and friends

15 30 33 22

Personal experiences (such as having a job or keeping a budget)

18 28 30 24

Check for Statistical Significance

To further analyze these data, test for significance, or see corresponding average scores, view the complete data in the NAEP Data Explorer. Click on "Find Out" to check for statistical significance. To learn about using the NAEP Data Explorer, view the NAEP Data Explorer tutorial.

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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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