Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 283–294

Assessing the Reliability and Validity of the Jump$tart Survey of Financial Literacy


DOI: 10.1007/s10834-005-3526-8

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Lucey, T. J Fam Econ Iss (2005) 26: 283. doi:10.1007/s10834-005-3526-8


Financial education represents an area of popular interest, owing largely to the Jump$tart surveys of financial literacy. However, while the surveys represent indicators of financial knowledge among high school seniors, these measures have not been statistically validated. This article describes an assessment of the surveys’ reliability (internal consistency), and validity. It reports a moderately high degree of consistency overall, however, discloses low to moderate internal consistencies among subscales. It also finds significant response differences to one quarter of comparable items between surveys. The researcher observes challenges to affirming the surveys’ validity and offers statistics suggesting social bias among survey items. He calls for further research into measures of financial literacy.


assessmentfinancial educationJump$tart Coalitionsocial biasvalidity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of MemphisMemphisUSA