Research & Reports

National Financial Capability Challenge Runs from March 12 to April 13, 2012
On March 12, 2012 the Financial Capability Challenge kicks off, and will run until April 13, 2012. The Challenge, which is conducted by the Department of the Treasury in partnership with the Department of Education, offers high school students all over the country the opportunity to test their financial smarts. Last spring, over 84,000 high school students from over 1,600 schools participated in the Challenge. Let’s work together to increase the number of teachers and students participating in the Challenge and to improve the number of perfect scores! The 2011 Challenge saw 563 students receive perfect scores, with a national average score of 69%.

Teaching Skills for the Classroom
If you want to incorporate money lessons into your classroom, Practical Money Skills offers a wide array of free lessons plans, online games, videos, calculators and more. Whether you are introducing this topic to your students for the first time or want to reinforce what you are currently doing, use this two-page guide to help navigate around the site and see the resources available.

New Survey: Saving Takes Priority for Young Adults This Year
Financial woes taking toll on friendships and personal lives, AICPA/Ad Council survey finds amid refresh of ‘Feed the Pig’ financial literacy campaign.

The Changing Behavior of First Year College Students: Three Years and One Financial Crisis Later
This webinar recording discusses the latest findings on the changing financial attitudes and behaviors of 2000 members of University of Arizona Freshman Class of 2007-2008. Amy Broekhuizen, Family and Consumer Science teacher in the Kentwood School District and Michigan Jump$tart member, has this to say about the presentation.

Money $mart Longitudinal Study Research Project
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will be conducting a study to evaluate how the Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum impacts how participants handle money. We are currently recruiting sites that plan to use this curriculum over the next several months with students ages 14 to 18. Selected sites will be asked to provide information about their use of the curriculum, and to have their students take pre- and post-training surveys through which we will measure their financial knowledge and behavior.

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