April is National Financial Literacy Month

A Message from Dr. Katie Jenner

You may or may not know that April is National Financial Literacy Month (I just recently learned of this!). Established in 2004, National Financial Literacy Month highlights the importance of each component of financial literacy: earning, spending, saving and investing, borrowing, and protecting. Ensuring our students leave PK-12 ready for success includes making sure they are financially literate to best navigate their life ahead.

The importance of financial literacy repeatedly came up in conversations with many people throughout the development of Indiana Graduates Prepared to Succeed (Indiana GPS) dashboard. So, as we solidified Indiana’s key characteristics for student success, civic, financial, and digital literacy came together to represent one of the five key characteristics well be measuring through the Indiana GPS dashboard. In December, the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) affirmed the headline indicators well use to measure each of those characteristics for the Indiana GPS (check those out here – indicators for PK-8, indicators for 9-12). A few examples of these indicators and their respective impact includes…

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