According to the 2014 “Survey of the States: Economic and Personal Finance Education in Our Nation’s Schools” by the Council for Economic Education, states have made progress toward implementing standards in personal finance or economics education over the last 15 years. According to the report, which evaluates K-12 economic and financial education across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, all 50 states included economics and 43 states included personal finance education in their K-12 standards for the first time in 2013. Compare that to 38 states with economics standards and 21 states with personal finance standards in 1998.

Early in the 2014 legislative session Education Committee Chair Gary Stevens wanted to open the conversation related to Alaska’s state academic standards and their relation to the Common Core State Standards.   He arranged a two-day hearing to discuss implementation of the state standards.

At today's meeting of the Idaho House Education Committee I had the opportunity to dialogue with members about rigorous academic standards and competency-based education.  The representatives are investigating opportunities as a result of the Governor's task force on education.  Recommendations were released in September 2013 after eight months of thoughtful research and deliberation by the task force members.

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It is clear we need American students to be more than warehouses of knowledge and information as the expectation has been in the past.  As a nation we must bring our educational system up-to date so students also can apply knowledge and solve complex problems. This begins with high-quality early learning, continues through K-12 then continues until college completion and careers.  Students must be able to work not only independently, but also with each other; they also need to be able to communicate ideas effectively. In short, to be successful in today’s world, every student must graduate from high school college- and career-ready.  In order to ensure student success from early education through college completion and careers policymakers must address these 5 issues as legislatures begin this year.

Stateline Midwest ~ July/August 2013

Ever since he led efforts this year to pause implementation of Common Core in Indiana, Sen. Scott Schneider has been fielding calls from policymakers across the country.
“It’s playing out in just about every other state out there,” Schneider says about the recent re-examination of these K-12 education standards.

During the 66th annual meeting of CSG West, the Education Committee held a session on pre-k education and rigorous academic standards and assessment systems, focusing on those practices in the western region. The session featured several representatives from national groups, including the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) and Achieve, an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit education reform organization pushing for college- and career-readiness, as well as representatives from various state departments in the west.

CSG Director of Education Policy Pam Goins outlines the top five issues in education policy for 2013, including college- and career-readiness, assessment and accountability systems, teacher preparation, college completion, and funding for post-secondary education. 
 

Policymakers know America’s educational system must transform to significantly increase the academic achievement of all students. A high-quality education, including content mastery and real world application, is critical to prepare students for college and careers. In order to ensure student success, leaders must tackle these top 5 issues facing states this year.

Stateline Midwest ~ March 2012

Question: What requirements do Midwestern states have for health education in K-12 public schools?

Chapter 9 of the 2012 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Book of the States 2012

Chapter 9: Selected State Policies and Programs

Articles:

  1. Elections, Greater Federal Grant Scrutiny and Ongoing Disasters Continue to Test Management System
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