And 37 now require that those standards be implemented, up from 14 in 1998.
Over the last two years, New York and Illinois added new standards that include personal finance, and Washington has new legislation that calls for personal finance standards to be taught, while Wyoming dropped the requirement, for a net gain of two.
Additionally, all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., now include economics in their K–12 standard curriculum, up from 39 in 1998. Also, 45 states, including Washington, D.C., require those standards be implemented by the districts, compared with 28 in 1998. (Alaska, Connecticut, Kansas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Wisconsin are the holdouts.)
Financial education varies widely by state. Some require that standards be implemented starting in primary school. Others merely suggest that high school classes in economics or personal finance be offered, while others require students to pass those courses to graduate.