IDAHO

GRADE

SUMMARY OF GRADE

  • Requires high school economics course with embedded financial literacy instruction
     

  • Personal finance standards in most K-8 Social Studies standards

AN IN-DEPTH LOOK

  • Idaho requires a one credit economics course for a high school diploma. In the Idaho Content Standards for Economics, three of the 24 standards are personal finance-specific.  In 2007, Idaho House Concurrent Resolution No. 10 urged the State Board of Education “to immediately begin exploring ways to include in the public-school curricula a financial literacy program… and reviewing existing financial literacy programs and materials that are available, with the aim of formalizing personal financial management as a requirement for graduation.”
     

  • Personal finance is embedded under economics in some of the K-12 Social Studies standards. Specifically, there are personal finance objectives in grades 1-5, U.S. History I and II, and Economics.
     

  •  Idaho receives a “C” for financial literacy instruction, as it provides some instruction through the embedded standards in the required high school economics course and some K-8 standards. Idaho needs to create Grades 6-8 financial literacy standards and require a stand-alone personal finance course for high school graduation in order to raise its grade to an “A.”

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