Lyndsey Layton
April 24, 2013

Despite the Great Recession of 2008 — which focused the nation’s attention on the economy — high school seniors on average showed no significant improvement in their understanding of economic issues between 2006 and 2012, according to new testing data released Wednesday by the federal government.

In 2012, about 10,900 12th-grade students in 480 public and private schools took the economics exam as part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the “nation’s report card.” Their scores were compared with those from 2006, the first year that economics was tested as part of NAEP.

The exam was designed to test knowledge and understanding of markets and national and international economies.

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