Iowa earns C on 2017 national report card

Champlain College’s Center for Financial Literacy in Burlington, Vt. has recently graded all 50 states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) on financial literacy at the high school level. Iowa was one of the 11 states that earned a “C” on the National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools.

For the 2017 report card, states were measured on whether they have a personal finance education course as a graduation requirement, made personal finance a part of a required course or had finance education in its academic standards that were expected to be taught.

Although there have been some improvements since the last report card, released in 2015, the results could be better. Of all the 50 states and D.C. that were graded, only five states earned an A: Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia. To earn an “A” these states require personal finance instruction as a graduation requirement that is equal to a one-semester, half-year course (minimum of 60 hours of personal finance instruction in an academic year).

In the report, it explains Iowa does not require a specifically identified course with personal finance concepts as a graduation requirement. Rather, Iowa’s core standards define the expectations and content of what all student should know and be able to do by Grade 12. To see these standards, click here.

Click here to review the entire 2017 Champlain report.

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January 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm

Money Smart Week Promotional Materials Now Avaliable

Thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Money Smart Week partners have access to all promotional materials at no cost. The free promotional items include a flyer, bookmark, postcard and statement stuffer, which can all be ordered in quantities of 100, 300, 600, and 1,000.

To order your promotional materials, click here. All shipments will take 3 – 4 weeks for delivery.

December 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Sign up for Iowa Department of Education’s Financial Literacy Update

Find even more financial literacy resources by signing up for the Department of Education’s quarterly Financial Literacy Update. Click here to view past issues and to sign up for this additional quarterly newsletter resource.

December 7, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Save the date for Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge and Career Exploration Event

Save the date for April 3, 2018, for Junior Achievement’s annual Stock Market Challenge, presented by CFA Society of Iowa. This exciting, fast-paced competition gives high school students the chance to experience a simulation of a 60-day cycle of the stock market and its function of buying, selling, analysis and risk. Every 60 seconds represents a day of trading. The goal of each team (3-4 players) is to accumulate the highest possible net worth for their investment portfolio at the close of trading.

New this year, the day will also include a career exploration fair – where students can meet with company representatives from a variety of industries to learn more about job opportunities available in those industries.

Click here for more information about the event. To register a team, contact Kelly Hogan at kelly@jacentraliowa.org or 515-279-9602, ext. 219.

December 7, 2017 at 5:29 pm

MoneyTeach is a free financial education resource for teachers

MoneyTeach is a resource center where K-12 educators can search and select from a variety of personal finance lesson plans, course guides and other financial education materials. Educators new to teaching personal finance can jump start their lesson planning by learning from experienced peers who share their insights and best practices in regards to specific lessons and activities.

What’s Available

  • Lesson Plans: There is collection of lesson plans that can be searched for by content topic, arranged by Jump$tart standards. Additional search options include grade level, duration of instruction, material type or keyword search to select personal finance lessons or activities offered by leading curricula providers.
  • Course Guides: MoneyTeach has put together course guides with suggested instruction materials for those looking to teach courses of various lengths. The present guides have been made for courses taught for a week, two weeks, a quarter or semester.
  • In-the-Know: This section of the MoneyTeach website contains articles from prominent educators and professionals active in the field of personal finance and financial education.
  • Sharing Opportunities: Each lesson plan page offers educators to “Share Your Experience” after teaching a lesson. This gives teachers a chance to share guidance, tips and ideas for what worked or didn’t work about the lesson in classrooms of various sizes.

To learn more, visit MoneyTeach.org.

December 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Registration now open for America Saves Week

America Saves Week 2018 is set for February 26 – March 3, 2018 and registration is officially open!

During America Saves Week, nonprofit, government, academic and other business groups come together to encourage and support Americans to save effectively. Participating organizations will receive many helpful savings tools and resources to use throughout the week. These materials include contests, social media posts and graphics, and sample presentations and activities.

Savings topics for 2018 include the following:

  • Monday, February 26: Save with a plan
  • Tuesday, February 27: Save the easy way…automatically
  • Wednesday, February 28: Save for rainy days
  • Thursday, March 1: Save to retire
  • Friday, March 2: Save the extra
  • Saturday, March 3: Save as a family

To register for America Saves Week and to view a list of participating organizations, click here.

November 8, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest

The American Bankers Association’s (ABA) Lights, Camera, Save! Contest is now open. This national contest encourages teens to make a video demonstrating the value of money management and the importance of saving.

Students can enter the contest by submitting videos no longer than 90 seconds to local participating banks. Participating banks then choose a local winner and their video advances to the national level.

The top three national winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000, $2,500, and $5,000 to put towards their savings. Each of the winners’ schools will also receive a scholarship for a teacher to attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference.

To learn more about the Lights, Camera, Save! Contest and to find a participating bank near you, click here. The deadline to enter is Dec. 1, 2017.

October 31, 2017 at 3:53 pm

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