Last month, the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) presented the highly anticipated results of a worldwide study on financial literacy education, thanks in large part to the efforts of CEE Board Member Annamaria Lusardi. PISA tested 15-year-old students from 18 countries, comparing financial literacy performance on a global scale to help identify effective national strategies and best practices. Click here to see presentation and discussion of its key findings.
Despite modest progress in implementing financial education over the past few years, American students performed squarely in the middle of the pack, far behind nations like China and and Belgium. But on the bright side, these results have helped shine a spotlight on the need for improvement: Associated Press and others have cited data from the Survey of the States as an important indicator and benchmark for progress. Click here to view some of the highlights.
Last week, CEE Vice President of Programs Christopher Caltabiano spoke with WFSU about Florida’s new state standards for personal finance education, based on CEE’s own National Standards for Financial Literacy. He discusses the development of the standards, highlighting their emphasis on making “wise decisions, in particular, what areas of personal finance you may need to be making these decisions in.” Click here to read the article in full.
Tampa Bay Times and Financial Corps were the first to cover the news, applauding Florida for taking this important step in improving financial education for students. Madeline Will of Education Week spoke with CEE CEO and President Nan Morrison and Mike Bell, the Executive Director of the Florida Council on Economic Education about how the adoption of the Standards will “strengthen the teaching of financial education in American schools.” And in a Huffington Post article, financial literacy expert Mary Johnson of Higher One points to Florida’s efforts as “an encouraging development,” adding that she hopes “other states will similarly follow suit.”
In light of the findings of our 2014 Survey of the States, a recent US News article offers a crash course in personal finance education. The survey revealed only 17 states in the nation require high schoolers to take a personal finance course, meaning many students graduate without basic money management skills. This article provides 6 basic personal finance concepts that all high school graduates should know.