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Standards Review Process Begins

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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process began with a Notice of Intent to review and a public comment period from July 9 through August 30, 2019. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examined those comments in September, and recommended to revise the standards. The State Superintendent decided to move forward with the revision process.

The writing committee has developed a draft of the new standards. The first draft was released on January 28, 2020 for a public review and provided to the education committees of the legislature. As the 30 day comment period ended on February 28, 2020, the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council will provide further review. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

Wisconsin Standards for Personal Financial Literacy Writing Team (2020)

This work is made possible through the efforts of a dedicated team of educators, administrators, higher education staff, and industry professionals. The Wisconsin Standards for Personal Financial Literacy were shaped by this team’s expertise and generous nature, with the goal of creating a tool that could be used by fellow educators, parents, community members, and the learners in their care, to build skills and knowledge. Members of the writing committee donated numerous hours and shared their expertise in the development of the personal financial literacy standards document. These members include:


  • Joel Chrisler, Sauk Prairie School District
  • Dave Mancl, Department of Financial Institutions
  • Beth Ratway, American Institutes for Research


  • Susan Becker, Barron Area School District
  • Amanda Beld, Onalaska School District
  • Pam Brunclik, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Rice Lake
  • Dee Giovingo, Lake Geneva Schools
  • E-Ben Grisby, Green Bay Area Public Schools
  • Jennifer Guenther, EconWI/AIM forward
  • Kerri Herrild, De Pere School District
  • Hoss Jager, Kenosha School District
  • Linda Killian-Baures, Independence School District
  • Sara Kreibich, Somerset School District
  • Patrick Kubeny, Rhinelander School District
  • Wendy Lambrecht, Loyal School District
  • Brett Lesniak, Stevens Point Area Public School District
  • Brandn Lindsey, Mequon-Thiensville School District






  • Heather Long, Clintonville School District

  • Carrie Pierschalla, Merrill Area School District

  • Jenny Rathke, WESTconsin Credit Union

  • Luc Richards, Howard-Suamico School District

  • Andy Riechers, Belmont Community School District

  • Rocio Santa, Milwaukee Public School District

  • Tanya Schmidt, Oshkosh Area School District

  • Blia Schwahn, Eau Claire Area School District

  • Amber Seitz, Wisconsin Bankers Association

  • Delaine Stendahl, Whitehall School District

  • Angela Strick, D C Everest Area School District

  • Susan Turgeson  Ed.D., University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
  • Erich Utrie, Jefferson School District

Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy

green cover for wisconsin model standards for personal financial literacy

The knowledge and skills set forth in the personal financial literacy standards cross all grade levels and disciplines. A comprehensive, developmentally appropriate pre-kindergarten through grade 12 program can promote personal financial literacy throughout numerous curricular areas. Educators from all grade levels can use the financial literacy standards to align instruction and create curriculum and activities designed to instill within students a desire to be financially literate. The standards are intended to help schools develop programs that provide the knowledge and skills to establish sound financial habits.

Locate the standards electronically here.

(The complete document is also available for purchase through DPI Publications.)

Planning Curriculum in Personal Financial Literacy

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Developed to be used with the Wisconsin Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy, the Planning Curriculum in Personal Financial Literacy can help guide districts and educators in the planning of a program and lessons to promote financial literacy PK-12.


Introduction: Defining Financial Literacy
Chapter 1: Building an Effective Financial Literacy Program
Chapter 2: Planning Instruction in Financial Literacy--Units, Resources, and Activities
Chapter 3: Creating Assessments in Financial Literacy
Chapter 4: Designing Professional Development to Promote Understanding
Appendix A: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Personal Financial Literacy
Appendix B: Sample Activities That Connect to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards
Appendix C: A Checklist of Ideas and Suggestions for Parents, Students, Teachers, and Community
Appendix D: Ideas for Moving Forward with Financial Literacy Education
Appendix E: Sample Activities for Each of the Content Standards
Appendix F: Sample Common Rubric/Portfolio Rubric
Appendix G: Individual Student Growth
Appendix H: Resources
Appendix H Updated: Resources

The complete document is also available for purchase through DPI Publications


Dave Thomas
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