Economics & Personal Finance
148 Virginia schools are nationally recognized as 2013-2014 Blue Star Schools by Working In Support of Education (w!se). A school testing 10 or more students must have achieved a 75 per cent passing rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test and have a majority of students on a given grade level take the test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher. The Blue Star schools will be honored at the annual MoneyPOWER Conference for Financial Literacy in New York City on November 4, 2014.
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Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource.
Beginning with students entering ninth grade in fall 2011, one standard unit of credit in Economics and Personal Finance is required for graduation with a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma. Students may earn this credit by successfully completing the course at any time during their high school career. Students with disabilities seeking a Modified Standard Diploma may use the course to satisfy one of the three required mathematics credits.
Videos for Teachers
In order to ensure that teachers of history/social science, career and technical education and mathematics have access to instruction in the Economics Education & Financial Literacy content areas, VDOE has produced a series of videos for Teachers.
These courses are part of the Banking Services, Insurance and Securities & Investments Pathways in the Finance Career Cluster.