Six schools, CCPS On­line named Blue Star Schools

The Progress-Index - - EDUCATION - Con­trib­uted Re­port

CHESTERFIELD — Six Chesterfield County high schools and the school di­vi­sion’s on­line ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram were rec­og­nized as W!SE Blue Star Schools for work com­pleted dur­ing the 2016-17 school year. To be con­sid­ered a Blue Star School, a school or pro­gram test­ing more than 10 stu­dents must achieve an 80 per­cent pass­ing rate on the W!SE Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Test and have ei­ther a ma­jor­ity of stu­dents on a given grade level take the test or have the stu­dents who took it achieve an av­er­age score of 85 per­cent or higher.

These Chesterfield County schools were rec­og­nized as Blue Star Schools:

CCPS On­line Clover Hill High Cosby High James River High Mid­loth­ian High Monacan High Thomas Dale High

“Pre­par­ing our stu­dents for suc­cess­ful and re­spon­si­ble fu­tures is a part of our daily work,” School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Sid­diqi said. “Fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy classes taught in our schools to­day will help to mold fis­cally re­spon­si­ble young adults for the fu­ture. We’re proud of these six schools and CCPS On­line for be­ing rec­og­nized through this na­tional pro­gram, and we look for­ward to the con­tin­ued suc­cess of our teach­ers and stu­dents.”

W!SE’s Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Pro­gram ad­dresses the crit­i­cal need for fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents pre­par­ing for fi­nan­cial in­de­pen­dence. The pro­gram pro­vides high school stu­dents with ac­cess to fi­nan­cial ed­u­ca­tion and the op­por­tu­nity to be­come cer­ti­fied fi­nan­cially lit­er­ate. Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools teach per­sonal fi­nance and ad­min­is­ter W!SE’s stan­dard­ized Fi­nan­cial Lit­er­acy Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (CFL) Test. De­vel­oped in 2003, the pro­gram has ex­panded na­tion­ally and has been widely rec­og­nized for its suc­cess.

“We’re fo­cused on ed­u­cat­ing the whole child, whether that is through aca­demic lessons, well­ness-re­lated ini­tia­tives or fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy pro­grams,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. James Lane said. “The skill sets our stu­dents need to be suc­cess­ful go well be­yond read­ing and math. Our stu­dents must be pre­pared to be good man­agers, un­der­stand re­spon­si­bil­ity and plan for the fu­ture. Our work to in­still strong fi­nan­cial plan­ning skills will pay div­i­dends as our stu­dents grad­u­ate high school and en­ter the work­force as in­de­pen­dent adults.”

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