Teachers and administrators

Schools can access management and reporting features through the “Login” and “Sign up” / “Sign in” areas of the main site, or the “Welcome” page:

How it Works

Project Financial Literacy is designed to encourage schools to prioritize and improve financial literacy education. The Project is broken down into three steps:

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Improve Measure Teach


Teach

Every project must start somewhere, and our first step is to emphasize the importance of teaching the concepts and skills of financial literacy.

We believe that ensuring every Iowa student has the opportunity to become financially literate begins with ensuring that every student is taught these vital skills. We also understand that creating and designing financial literacy curriculum is a difficult and time-consuming task. To help educators get started, the TS Institute (one of the Project’s partners) has volunteered to work with all Project participants. Read more in the Project’s Teach section.


Measure

Improvement efforts lose meaning without a measurement source. This is where the main focus of Project Financial Literacy lies. At the Project’s core are its financial literacy assessment and intuitive reporting data. Providing these tools at no cost through a competition-style event encourages both improvement within and competition between schools, garnering positive attention for financial literacy education.Project Financial Literacy registration and participation is entirely online and designed to be fast and user-friendly for both staff and students. Interested schools self-register, measure student progress with an assessment tool, and then view the results and comparison data.

Awards Data Student experience Registration


Registration

Any educator from an Iowa school district may register his or her school and participate in Project Financial Literacy. Registration is simple, demonstrated by the video tutorial provided on the registration site.

After registering, educators receive access to the Management Console. Here, participating educators can create and download student assessment credentials, create additional administrators for their school, and view progress and final reports.


Student experience

Schools may prepare for and administer the assessment measure any time within the Project window. As the demonstration video illustrates, a proctor distributes the individual login credentials to the students, who are then prompted to enter brief information for later reports. The student is then taken directly into the assessment. Educators may view student progress on the Project assessment via the Management Console.


Reporting data

Data reports available to participating schools categorize student performance levels according to Iowa Core financial literacy domains and compare performance to the overall average of all Iowa schools participating. Reports provide schools a measure of progress for making continued improvements to financial literacy programming.

Additionally, the Partner Access section provides Project partners real-time aggregate data about school registrations and student completions of the assessment. Average statewide score and average scores within participating schools are also available.


Improve

The most important step in the Project is to subsequently improve the process. The data reports provided after the competition help schools make financial literacy curriculum and instruction decisions. Educators may focus improvement efforts on skill domains that data indicate are areas of relative weakness. With real-time reports provided, students’ needs are known immediately for quick action.


Categorical awards

Our belief is that friendly competition and positive recognition will spread awareness throughout the state. The Project’s additional incentive for improvement lies in the recognition and awards presented in order to highlight schools that have made financial literacy education a priority. The following recognition efforts for participating schools are planned:

  • Overall highest scoring school
  • Most improved school from previous year
  • Highest number of participating students
  • Highest percentage of participating students
  • Regional participation award (6 total)

Recognition will be presented to schools at the conclusion of the competition. A goal is to include a monetary award with recognition for the purpose of supporting the continued development of financial literacy within the recognized schools.