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Financial Literacy


Washington's Basic Education Act requires that school districts provide opportunities for every student to "understand the importance of work and finance and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect future career and educational opportunities."

The legislative mandates have three components: 

  • RCW 28A.655.070: The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will "develop and periodically revise essential academic learning requirements that identify the knowledge and skills all public school students need to know and be able to do." 
  • RCW 28A.300.460 (2)(d): The Financial Education Public Private Partnership will "work with the office of the superintendent to integrate financial education skills and content knowledge into the state learning standards." 
  • RCW 28A.300.462: School districts are encouraged to "voluntarily adopt the jumpstart coalition national standards in K-12 personal financial education and provide students with an opportunity to master the standards."


Kevin Ikeda
Director, Math, Science & PreK-12 Systems