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CEE In The News: US Teens Fall Behind in International Financial Literacy Exam

Last week, the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) released the findings from the largest international financial literacy assessment ever conducted –  and the data was revealing. While China received top marks all around, US scores placed American students squarely in the middle of the 18 nations tested.  This widely syndicated article, originally published by Associated Press, points to data from CEE’s Survey of the States as evidence of the variation from state-to-state in what is required, noting that only 19 states require a personal finance to be taught in high school.

Additionally, PBS reached out to our CEO and President Nan J. Morrison for comment.

Like many other leaders in the financial literacy space, she remarked that the results were disappointing, but not surprising given that many parents and teachers do not feel equipped to pass personal finance skills onto their children. But on a positive note, as a benchmark for progress, the PISA results will be incredibly helpful to parents, educators, policy makers and advocates as we work to improve.

POSTED: July 17, 2014 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , ,

CEE Hosts “Building the Financial Literacy of Illinois Students” Event in Chicago

Last month in Chicago, the Council for Economic Education held the third of our Spring series of policy luncheons on “Building the Financial Literacy of Illinois Students.” Two panel discussions addressed two topics: first, the role of public-private partnerships in advancing financial literacy education; second, financial literacy success stories from Chicago Public Schools.

Moderator Gail MarksJarvis of the Chicago Tribune opened by addressing the importance of teaching the grammar of financial literacy through an early education: “The financial industry knows financial information inside and out, but because of this, they have a hard time speaking English. People think these financial experts know some secret. There is no secret.” State Senator Tom Cullerton concurred, noting that “The earlier we can teach people financial literacy, the better off they can be,” and pointing out the critical role of our educators: “You have to have the teachers educated to this and passionate about sharing this with our kids.” Read more…

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Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School on Using Film to Teach Economics

CEE’s Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 2 of 8

Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, explains how she motivates her high school seniors by assigning a class project where students are tasked with creating their own short films to explain and demonstrate economic concepts like scarcity and opportunity cost.


Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on July 23th, 2014.

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Jean McKnight from Cienega High School, Arizona on Tech for Teachers

CEE’s new Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons. Part 1 of 8.

Jean McKnight from Cienega High School in Tuscon, Arizona, has discovered that her freshman class, armed with laptops in hand, is more likely to be engaged in learning if they can combine learning with being on the computer. Apps, websites, and videos bring economic concepts to light for her high school students and spark a love of learning that wasn’t there before.


Also of interest… check out “Tech for Teachers” presentation by CEE’s Director of Educational Technology, John LeFeber found on EconEdLink, here.

Stay tuned for the next edition of CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education on July 16th, 2014.

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Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education

What better source is there to learn from than straight from teachers in the trenches?

CEE’s new Blog Series on Teaching Techniques delivers teaching ‘best practices’ from practitioners in the field. These K-12 teachers from all over the United States present their proven tactics and techniques that keep their students interested and engaged in learning economics and personal finance concepts and lessons.

This summer, we will share some tips and ideas from the following teachers:

  • Jean McKnight from Cienega High School, Arizona on Tech for Teachers
  • Dr. Sonia Noyola from Collegiate High School, Texas on Using Film to Teach Economics
  • Jennifer O’Neil from Concord High School, Delaware on Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Florence Falatko from Cromwell Valley Elementary Regional Magnet School of Technology, Maryland on Teaching Outside of the Classroom
  • Judy Kraus from Hyde Park Middle School, Nevada on Financing for College and Beyond
  • Lynda Motiram from Old Mill High School, Maryland on Using Graph Relay Races
  • Mary Neely from Orchard Grove Elementary, Maryland on Combining Music and Economics
  • Lisa Bender from Southern Garret High School, Maryland on Having a Digital Classroom

Stay tuned…CEE’s new Blog Series, Teaching Techniques: Classroom Innovation on Economic Education, begins July 9, 2014.

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Florida First in Nation to Adopt Council for Economic Education’s K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

Florida to Implement New Framework for Teaching Personal Finance in Schools

NEW YORK, June 30th, 2014 – This week, the Florida State Board of Education announced the adoption of the Council for Economic Education’s (CEE) K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy, leading the nationand raising the bar for financial literacy education in the state. Designed to help students learn to make thoughtful, deliberate choices as consumers, savers, investors and informed citizens, the National Standards teach more than just the facts; students understand how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make. Florida is the first state in the nation to adopt CEE’s National Standards.

Upon careful review, the Florida Board of Education determined that these Standards were appropriate to be adopted as part of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Social Studies. From the Florida State Board of Education’s official agenda notes:

The [National Standards] are specific and measurable. They are organized in the same format as the existing strands of the NGSSS for Social Studies. In addition to the appropriate concepts specific to the content, the standards also address literacy, mathematics, problem solving, creativity, cross-cultural understanding and 21st century skills. We acknowledge the work of the Council for Economic Education that allows for Florida to adopt existing standards that require students to reach for excellence.

The National Standards were developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, to create a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. The standards contain the six areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income; Buying Goods and Services; Using Credit; Saving; Financial Investing; and Protecting and Insuring. Each standard emphasizes decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision-making, and assessing outcomes to each standard. In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made.

Written in accessible, easily understandable terminology, the standards are not tethered to any specific curriculum, do not assume any prior financial knowledge, and are designed to be applicable to all socio-economic groups. These standards provide the basis of student assessment, for curriculum development, and for the development and correlation of personal finance to existing and new lessons and other teaching materials. Funding for the standards was made possible by First Financial Bank USA.

Adoption of these standards further lays the groundwork for a standalone high school course in financial literacy in Florida.  For the past three years the Florida Council for Economic Education has been working with state legislators and other government, business, and education leaders to “Require the Money Course.”

“If all Florida students leave school equipped with a solid standards-based personal finance course, supported by teacher training and course assessment, the next generation of Floridians will have the tools they need to manage their money, the knowledge necessary to achieve their financial goals from college to retirement, and the ability to be productive employees and contributors to the state’s economy,” said Michael L. Bell, Executive Director, Florida Council on Economic Education.

“We are thrilled that Florida has adopted our National Standards for Financial Literacy, leading the nation in their commitment to K-12 personal finance education,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEO and President, Council for Economic Education. “By implementing these Standards, Florida schools ensure that their students learn the critical skills they need, not only to make sound financial decisions but to make smart choices in all aspects of their lives.”

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education is the leading organization in the United States that focuses on the economic and financial education of students from kindergarten through high school – and we have been doing so for 65 years. We carry out our mission by educating the educators: providing the curriculum tools, the pedagogical support, and the community of peers that instruct, inspire, and guide. All resources and programs are developed by educators, and delivered by our national network of affiliates. Our goal is to reach and teach every child. Each year CEE’s programs reach more than 55,000 K-12 teachers and over 5 million students across the United States. For further information about the Council for Economic Education go to: http://www.councilforeconed.org.

About the Florida Council on Economic Education

The mission of the Florida Council on Economic Education is to prepare Florida’s young people for personal and financial success through educational programs in economics, the free enterprise system and personal financial literacy so that they become productive members of the workforce, responsible consumers and wise investors. An affiliate of the Council for Economic Education, The FCEE supports five Centers for Economic Education that train k-12 teachers in economics, entrepreneurship, personal finance and the free enterprise system. For further information about the FCEE go to: http://www.fcee.org.

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