Working in Support of Education (w!se), a
The announcement marks the 13th anniversary of the w!se Financial Literacy Certification Program. Schools in 40 states participated in the certification program, up from 34 in the prior year. The award-winning program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students' financial literacy through w!se's Certification Test. Students who pass the test are designated Certified Financially Literate™. Since its introduction, the program has become an integral tool to teach personal finance in thousands of classrooms across
The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance recognizes the top performing high schools in w!se's national network. The No.1 ranked school for 2015 is
• Taylor Smith, Partner and Managing Director,
The 100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance ranking seeks to shine the spotlight on the importance of personal finance education. Only 17 states require personal finance instruction in high school. The level of financial literacy is particularly acute among people with no post-secondary education and with incomes below
"It is in our national interest to address the chronic lack of financial literacy among young people," said
"We believe that individuals need to be empowered to better understand and take control of their finances, so we're proud to support w!se in its mission to advance financial literacy in high schools across the country," said
"The w!se program is tremendously valuable to young students. It helps us approach our finances proactively and it helps us to know what to do and what to expect early in our experience with money rather than having to approach our finances reactively by trying to figure out how we got into debt and how to get out of it," said a student from
w!se determined the 2015 ranking with support from an
The Financial Literacy Certification Program now includes more than 3.5 million hours of instruction in participating high schools annually. The average passing rate was 77 percent in 2014 for students at schools participating in the certification program. All schools participating in the Financial Literacy Certification Program have an opportunity to earn a place on the "100 Best" list each year.
For more information about w!se, contact info(at)wise-ny(dot)org, or visit the program website for the most recent program news and updates.
About Working In Support of Education (w!se)
Working In Support of Education (w!se) is a national not-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of young people through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce. Our Initiatives are built on five pillars – relevancy, real world experiences, strong partnerships, volunteerism, and evaluation. The standardized w!se Financial Literacy Certification Test is administered by schools participating in the Financial Literacy Certification Program to measure knowledge, skills and behavioral changes in students after a unit or course on personal finance. For more information, visit wise-ny.org. Follow w!se on Facebook and Twitter @wisenewyork.
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