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National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools - New Mexico - Grade "C"

Excerpt from National Report Card on State Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy in High Schools, page 21 (Full report posted - On left sidebar, go to About Us, Downloads)

•   Does not include personal finance topics in the state’s educational standards. (Source: CEE Survey)

    •    No personal finance requirement, although personal finance may be taught at certain schools as an elective. (Source: Jump$tart Survey)

    •   New Mexico (law passed in 2007) requires a personal finance elective course be offered in high school, but does not require that students take the course. (Source: NCSL Summaries)

    •   New Mexico also allows a financial literacy course to be counted as one of the four math units required for high school graduation. (Source: NCSL Summaries and independent research; also see: http://ped. state.nm.us/ped/PEDDocs/ GraduationFAQ2011.pdf )

Note: The CEE Survey and the Jump$tart Survey do not indicate that New Mexico high schools are required  to offer personal finance instruction

in an elective. The grade is based on the NCSL Summaries and additional research.

Look for the NM Chapter, Jump$tart Coalition at the Albuquerque Public School's 2014 ACE Conference, "Rising Above" at the Isleta Resort, July 31 and August 1.


Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, New Mexico Chapter, brings Financial Football financial education video game to New Mexico to help students score financial takedowns.  This free educational video game and classroom curriculum, was developed by Visa Inc. and is co-branded with the NFL. 

Available online, at www.newmexico.financialfootball.com.


Notice:  2014 National Educator Conference

As the nation's leading advocate for youth financial literacy, the Jump$tart Coalition® is proud to conduct the only national educators' conference devoted entirely to personal finance education in the classroom. This year’s conference will take place on Nov. 8-10 in Los Angeles, CA. Click here for more information: http://www.jumpstart.org/teacher-conference.html


Free Teachers Workshop - Friday September 23, 2011 7:30 AM - 1 PM

CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue, NE, Albquerque, NM

NOTICE: Updated Address as of 11/17/2009: PO Box 25863, Albuquerque, NM 87125

NM JumpStart Coalition Resource Guide available - see About Us/Downloads

New Mexico HB53 - see About Us/Downloads; NM HB53 allows credit for financial literacy class as long as it meets math standards


New Mexico HB 53 allows Financial Literacy as a School Math Requirement; See About Us/Downloads for summary information

New Mexico HB 1205, Financial Literacy as an Elective is now available. Go to About Us/Downloads.

Thanks for the tremendous response for the Albuquerque Teachers' Workshop on April 30, 2009 and the Las Cruces Teachers' Workshop on January 29, 2010.

Here are a few of the comments we received:

Thank you for the dynamic workshop!

Bill Tiwald,

Highland High School Teacher

Dear Stacee, Jennifer and All Who Put this Together,

I am so glad to see that the Financial Literacy Program has been resurrected. I am working with Alternative Licensure Teachers and I feel they need this type of program, especially in Charter schools and Private schools. Two of the teachers I have been working with did attend the workshops and were quite impressed and now saw what I had stressed about teaching Consumerism. This can also be worked in with Career Readiness, as well as math, economics, social studies to name a few.

I will be sharing the information of where teachers can get resources and curriculums. Will you be doing another workshop in the Albuquerque area again in the near future? Marjorie Gillespie, from the State Department is the person who gave me the information to attend this workshop, since she knew of my program. I am also on a Charter School Board and will be sharing this information with them.

Great Job! Again Thanks!

Carmen J. Pennington

Thank you for a great workshop. Inspiring, informative and quick-moving. A well run and designed program. Thanks, Fred Barnett, Cibola H.S., Albuquerque

It was an AWESOME workshop! Thank you for helping to organize it!


Thank you for hosting the workshop! It was great.

Linda Heckes

It was great and inspiring!!

maria barcelona


Each half-day conference will target middle and high school teachers providing them with resources and tools to help build financial awareness and education in their classrooms.

Presenters include:

Wells Fargo,

Central New Mexico Community College

Focus Foundation

New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union

Junior Achievement

New Mexico State University

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch

and others


Working together we can improve the financial literacy of New Mexico's youth and young adults.

If you're involved with or concerned about students learning how to handle money successfully - you've come to the right place.

The New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition is a non-profit organization with over 15 individuals and organizations representing business, government and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of New Mexico's youth and young adults.

New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition's goals:

  • Raising awareness of personal financial literacy
  • Enhancing professional development of New Mexico educators on financial literacy issues
  • To increase personal financial eduation in schools, homes and community organizations
  • To create a statewide clearinghouse for financial literacy education resources

The New Mexico Jump$tart Coalition is a proud affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth. For more information, visit their website at www.jumpstart.org.