National Standards for Financial Literacy

Raising the Bar for Financial Literacy Education through New Standards

The new National Standards for Financial Literacy, developed by CEE in conjunction with a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, provide a framework for teaching personal finance in kindergarten through 12th grade. The standards will assist educators and school districts to build a framework for teaching financial literacy in your school.

The standards contain the areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance:

  • Earning Income
  • Buying Goods and Services
  • Using Credit
  • Saving
  • Financial Investing
  • Protecting and Insuring

Each of these six standards includes benchmarks outlining what a student should be able to understand and examples at the 4th, 8th and 12th grade levels of how the student might demonstrate this understanding.  The benchmarks also emphasize decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision making, and assessing outcomes to each standard.

Watch our short video for an introduction to the new standards. Download a free copy here.

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CEE in the News: Education Week Announces New CEE Standards

From Education Week: Financial Literacy Standards Rolled Out for K-12

Recognizing the need for kids to be smarter about how they manage their money, the Council on Economic Education released the National Standards for Financial Literacy for K-12 education.

Developed by economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the benchmarks are intended to provide a framework of essential knowledge that 4th, 8th, and 12th graders should master to be savvy financial consumers.

Read the full report here.

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CEE in the News: New Standards

First Financial Federal Credit Union features CEE’s new National Standards for Financial Literacy on their site.

“In coming weeks and months, a new set of standards for financial literacy will cross the desks of educators across the country. The hope is that schools will embrace these guideposts and begin to wedge money lessons into students’ daily activities.

The Council for Economic Education, a nonprofit promoting financial education, developed the new standards at the request of and with input from educators at all levels. “We have a specific plan to go state by state and get these implemented,” says Nan Morrison, CEO of the council.”

Read the full story here.

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Financial Literacy: Benefits for the “Micro” and the “Macro”

By Scott Wolla, Senior Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St.Louis.

In a general sense, to be “literate” is to have knowledge or skill in a particular field. So literacy in reading, for instance, involves developing the skill of reading. If you are literate in this sense, you can read a novel by Charles Dickens, your local newspaper, or a comic book. But it does not usually involve the student memorizing facts about reading, such as how many books the typical child reads (or should read) in a given year. While those facts might have value, they probably have little value for learners. Read more…

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Council for Economic Education Introduces K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to introduce the National Standards for Financial Literacy, a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. Developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the National Standards for Financial Literacy raise the bar for financial literacy education.

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. Through the standards, students learn how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make.  In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made. Read more…

POSTED: April 16, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Waiting for the Cavalry

Dan Kadlec 200x300 Waiting for the CavalryBy Dan Kadlec, author and journalist.

I’d like to think the cavalry is coming. But it isn’t—not quickly enough, anyway. For all the lip service to financial education and well-intentioned research surrounding what works best when it comes to teaching young people about money, much too little instruction is actually taking place. In plain view, the next generation is growing up as financially inept as the last.

Financial illiteracy brought us the Great Recession. Individuals had taken on crushing credit card debt, renounced the concept of an emergency fund and inked mortgages that made no sense. Sure, bankers were complicit. But that’s all the more reason to get serious about raising the public’s financial I.Q. Read more…

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