ERIC Number: ED428031
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The National Voluntary Content Standards in Economics. ERIC Digest.
VanFossen, Phillip J.
Students today face a wide range of economic decisions. To be wise consumers, prudent savers, and knowledgeable investors, they need basic economic concepts and decision-making skills. To this end the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) developed the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics (1997) for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Economics has tended to be neglected by social studies educators despite its importance in education for democratic citizenship. With the inclusion of economics as a core subject in the Goals 2000: Educate America Act (1994), it became necessary to develop a set of content standards. The Standards for economics were developed to guide school districts, curriculum developers, and classroom teachers. The Standards contain 20 content standards that constitute the most important and enduring knowledge of economics. Each content standard includes a lucid rationale for its inclusion and a set of benchmarks for the 4th, 8th, and 12th grade. The Standards also are cross-referenced with associated benchmarks in the existing NCEE curriculum materials and teaching guides. Content Standard 8 is used to illustrate the features of the Standards. The release of the Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics represents an integral and important step in the development of economic literacy in the United States and meets the call for standards-based educational reform first sounded with the publication of A Nation at Risk. (JH)
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