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Jump$tart Coalition to publish national standards for personal financial literacyMortgagePress.comJump$tart Coalition, national standards, Charles Schwab Foundation, Credit Union National Association The Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy has announced it will use a grant from Charles Schwab Foundation to publish and distribute nationwide 100,000 copies of the third edition of its National Standards in K12 Personal Finance Education. These standards, created by the Jump$tart Coalition in conjunction with educational and financial services experts, delineate the personal finance knowledge and skills that K12 students should possess and will be distributed through the Federal Consumer Information Center (FCIC) in Pueblo, Colo. "The Charles Schwab Foundation is very pleased to partner with the Jump$tart Coalition on this significant project," said Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of Charles Schwab Foundation. "It's very important that teachers and parents have objective benchmarks and standards to evaluate personal finance curricula, and the Jump$tart Coalition is the premier organization in developing and defining this type of information." This offering be published in the FCIC Fall Catalog, but FCIC will also send a special alert to teachers across the country. FCIC brings together an array of U.S. Government information and services and makes them accessible to the publicon the Internet, via e-mail, in print, or over the telephone. The National Standards, which were originally created in 1998 and updated in 2002, can be used to shape lesson plans and course outlines, to evaluate educational materials and to develop educational requirements. The standards identify not only what students should know in a variety of personal finance subject matter areas, but also specify benchmarks of knowledge and skills by 4th, 8th and 12th grades. "Jump$tart intends for these national standards to represent the framework for an ideal personal finance curriculum," said Laura Levine, executive director of the national, not-for-profit organization. "In addition, the Jump$tart Coalition believes that one of the most important issues that needed to be addressed is definingobjectivelywhat financial literacy is, which is done in these standards." Philip Heckman, director of Youth Programs for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Rosella Bannister, director of the Jump$tart Clearinghouse for Personal Financial Literacy, led the revisions task force. The Federal Reserve Board donated the graphic design and printing of the original edition of the book, which is also available online at www.jumpstart.org/guide.html. For more information, visit www.jumpstartclearinghouse.org.