Nation's Report Card Home

Top Stories in NAEP Economics 2012  

The 2012 NAEP economics assessment measured twelfth-graders' understanding of how economies and markets work, the benefits and costs of economics interaction and interdependence, and the choices people make regarding limited resources. The 2012 administration is the second time that economics has been assessed; the subject was first assessed in 2006.

  • There was no significant change in the overall average economics score of twelfth-grade students from 2006 to 2012.
  • In 2012, male students scored 6 points higher on average than female students, which was not significantly different from the gender gap in 2006.
  • White and Asian/Pacific Islander students scored higher than Black, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native students in both 2006 and 2012.

  • Hispanic students scored higher in 2012 than in 2006, while there were no significant changes for other racial/ethnic groups.

  • See a summary of major findings

Dig Deeper into the Economics Results  

Explore Score Gains of Hispanic Students

Explore the following slides to take a closer look at the gains in average economics scores made by twelfth-grade Hispanic students across a variety of contextual factors. For context, the percentages of students are given within each of the variables examined for all the racial/ethnic groups. Gains in average scores highlighted are the only statistically significant gains within each of the reporting categories presented.

Click SEE NON-FLASH VERSION to view this information.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2012 Economics Assessment.


Explore the 2012 Economics Report Card

    2012 Economics Report Card
  • Download copy of the report to print or share.
  • Read the statement from Jack Buckley, Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Read the National Assessment Governing Board's news release.

View the Economics Framework

The Economics Framework serves as the blueprint for the assessment, describing the specific Economics skills that should be assessed. For more information, download the Economics Framework for the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress.