Jump$tart Personal Finance Clearinghouse

This free online clearinghouse identifies personal finance educational materials targeted to teachers, students and parents from preschool through adult education.  The clearinghouse lists teaching guides, lesson plans, books, pamphlets, videos, DVDs, educational websites and more.  Users can search the database by keywords, title, source and grade level.  Many of the resources are free and available online or from the publisher.

National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education

The 2007 national standards identify the personal finance knowledge and skills that K-12 students should possess.  The Jump$tart Coalition asserts that a financially literate high school graduate should know how to:

  • Find, evaluate, and apply financial information
  • Set financial goals and plan to achieve them
  • Develop income earning potential and the ability to save
  • Use financial services effectively
  • Meet financial obligations
  • Build and protect wealth

The standards provide a program design and evaluation framework for teachers, school administrators, curriculum specialists, instructional
materials developers and educational policymakers.

Personal Finance Statistics

In 2006, the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy compiled the findings of several national studies documenting the need for personal finance education.  These findings are useful when promoting personal finance education with school administrators, local and state Boards of Education, legislators, parents, employers, corporate sponsors and others. is the US government website dedicated to financial education.  From balancing a checkbook to buying a home, or investing in a 401k, the resources on the site can provide important information from 20 government agencies.  This site has a direct link to the new
National Strategy for Financial Literacy.

Free Online Evaluation Toolkit for Personal Finance Educators

A tool to evaluate the effectiveness of financial education programs is accessible to individuals and organizations involved in financial literacy activities.  A manual and database provide evaluation templates and forms for several different types of program formats.  The toolkit was developed by university researchers through a grant from the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)