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2012 Economics Framework

Economics Framework for the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress

The purpose of economic education is to enable individuals to function effectively both in their own personal lives and as citizens and participants in an increasingly connected world economy. Both knowledge of economic concepts and ideas and the ability to apply basic economic analysis to solve everyday problems are necessary for an individual to function as a productive member of society—as a worker, a saver, an investor, a consumer, or an active citizen.

This framework document provides a guide for the development of the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Economics Assessment. The framework, together with Assessment and Item Specifications: NAEP Economics and Recommendations on Background Variables: NAEP Economics Assessment, makes recommendations to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) on the content and format of the assessment.

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