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Financial Literacy in Kansas

Kansas State Department of Education has developed this webpage to offer support to local school districts concerning financial literacy instruction for K-12 schools.

Financial Literacy Graduation Requirement Information (Starting with the class of 2028)

Financial Literacy (Employability and Life Skills) Course Code: 22990

Course Description: Financial literacy course provides students with an understanding of the concepts, principles and skills involved in making and applying sound financial decisions. This course emphasizes earning income, spending, saving, investing, managing credit and managing risk.

Qualified Teachers: Any standard license at the level with district verified Financial Literacy training. Examples of training are college credits related to financial literacy, targeted financial literacy professional development, or a certification in the field.

Financial Literacy Standards

National Standards for Personal Financial Education developed by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and Jump$tart Coalition (Adopted by the Kansas Board of Education July 2022) Downloadable PDF

Summary of National Standards for Personal Financial Education

Financial Literacy Partnerships

KSDE has partnered with several non-profits to offer teacher training, guidance, and resources including:

Program Manager

Nate McAlister
(785) 296-3892


Deputy Commissioner:
Division of Learning Services

Dr. Ben Proctor
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Beth Fultz
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Natalie D. Clark
(785) 296-4351

Assistant Director: 
Curricular Standards

Dr. David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director: 

Julie Ewing
(785) 296-2325

Assistant Director: 
Kansas Volunteer Commission

Dr. Jessica Dorsey
(785) 296-3163

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