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Woodbridge High School is ranked in the top 100 in the nation for teaching personal finance by Working in Support of Education (W!SE). The New York-based nonprofit that promotes financial literacy education recently announced the 100 Best W!SE High Schools for 2018. In all, 45 Virginia schools made the top 100 list.
Principal Heather Abney said financial literacy is a priority at Woodbridge High.
“Our teachers have made it a priority to create lessons on financial literacy that are both engaging and relevant,” she said. “Perhaps even more exciting is to see how our students have responded. They know the importance of this subject and it’s clear they are on their way to making sound financial decisions that will positively impact their future.”
“It comes as no surprise that so many of our schools are on this list because we value economic literacy as an indicator of college and career readiness,” Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven M. Constantino said. “Since 2015, our students have had to successfully complete and pass a course in economics and personal finance to earn a high school diploma.”
The W!SE Financial Literacy Certification program is used by high schools in 48 states. Teachers in participating schools receive instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy. Students who pass the financial literacy test earn a nationally recognized financial literacy certification.
The annual list of the top 100 schools is determined by comparing each school’s average certification test score with the number of test takers and their socio-economic background.