Fewer states are requiring students to study economics, according to a survey from the Council for Economic Education.
The Council has conducted a biennial survey of states’ economics and financial literacy offerings since 1998. The latest one found that between 2014 and 2016, Louisiana and Wyoming dropped a requirement that students take economics in order to graduate.
The news is sunnier for financial literacy: Over the same time period, Hawaii, Illinois, New York, and Rhode Island added financial literacy to their academic standards, while Wyoming and Montana dropped the subject. But the overall number of states requiring a financial literacy course held steady at 17.
Twenty states now make economics a graduation requirement, down from 22 in 2014.
A version of this article appeared in the February 10, 2016 edition of Education Week as Curriculum Trends