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Reviewing youth financial education curricula

This review tool can help you decide which financial education curriculum best suits the needs of your students and classrooms and help curriculum developers evaluate strengths and gaps in their materials.

Reviewing a curriculum

A strong financial education curriculum should teach students essential knowledge and skills, as well as offer them opportunities to practice and develop financial habits and norms so they can learn to actively manage their financial behavior.

As educators, you have a wide range of financial education curricula to choose from, often with few guidelines to help you select the ones that are most promising or appropriate for your students.

The curriculum review tool provides relevant evaluation criteria to help you determine if a curriculum is accurate, unbiased, demonstrably effective, and well designed to help students develop the financial knowledge, skills, and capabilities needed to achieve financial well-being. With these criteria, direct comparisons can be made.

The review tool can also help curriculum developers identify strengths and areas for further development as they create or revise their own curricula.

Research behind the curriculum review

The criteria for the curriculum review are based on relevant literature, careful consideration of best practices, and real-world feedback from educators and financial education experts.

Learn how the review was developed

The curriculum review process

When evaluating financial education curricula, consider all four dimensions.

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How well does the curriculum cover knowledge and skills identified in national standards?

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Do the materials and guidance provided support effective teaching?

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Is the information presented clear, accurate, and objective, and can students and teachers easily access materials?

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Is there evidence that the curriculum has a positive impact on financial knowledge, skills, or behaviors?

For each dimension, you’ll find

  • Criteria that represent important features or content areas of the curriculum
  • Indicators for each criteria that describe specific elements or characteristics of the curriculum
  • Components consisting of statements or questions that help you determine if the curriculum meets each indicator

Not sure how to get ready for your curriculum review?

Download the curriculum review checklist