A new study from Junior Achievement USA (JA) shows that 42 states now have K-12 standards, guidelines or proficiencies in entrepreneurial education, up from 19 in 2009.* Additionally, the number of states requiring entrepreneurship education courses offered in high school has risen from five to 18 over the same period. JA, which conducted a review of state requirements, released the report as part of National Entrepreneurship Month, which occurs in November.
"States are adopting these requirements because they know how important entrepreneurial education is to economic development and community growth," said Jack Kosakowski, President and CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "It's important that schools get support from organizations like JA to bring entrepreneurs and proven programs into the classroom to help educators meet these goals and give young people a better understanding of how entrepreneurship works."