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Financial Friday: Earning a Financial Literacy Certification from w!se

Friday, June 17, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Working in Support of Education (w!se), a New York City based not-for-profit, provides educational support services nationwide, building financial literacy and readiness for college and careers. w!se serves urban secondary school students in low-to-moderate-income areas. Extensive partnerships with schools and the private sector and a reputation for sustainable programs with measurable results have made w!se a leader in education. Separately, w!se manages the New York Financial Literacy Coalition, the New York State affiliate for the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy.


At the heart of our offerings is a family of financial literacy initiatives, comprising the Financial Literacy Certification for high school students, the Certification in Personal Finance for educators, and MoneyW!SE for survivors of domestic violence. These programs differ in scope and target audience, but all share a common thread – the administration of our standardized assessment of personal finance knowledge and a certification for those who master the subject matter.


Our award-winning Financial Literacy Certification program helps teachers develop personal finance knowledge and enables their students to live a life of financial wellbeing.

Through this program, we provide schools with instructional resources to teach a course on personal finance. After instruction, schools administer the w!se national standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test to assess students’ knowledge. Pretesting is also available. Tests are accessible online, through tablets and in paper form, as well as in multiple languages.

Students who pass the Certification Test earn a w!se Certification in Financial Literacy (CFL™). This certification, approved by state departments of education, is evidence of students acquiring the knowledge and skills to make smart decisions, empowering them for future financial success.

Now in 43 states, the program includes more than five and a half million hours of instruction in participating high schools annually. The average passing rate for the 2014-2015 school year was 81.6 percent for students at schools participating in the certification program. The program has been widely recognized for its success, including the U.S. Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.

Educators also have the opportunity to earn a certification by taking our Certification in Personal Finance Test (CPF).

We are looking to build awareness of our initiatives and expand the reach and distribution of our programs.


100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance

w!se recently announced its fourth annual “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance ” national ranking during a ceremony sponsored by Voya Financial® at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This national ranking, the first of its kind, recognizes the top performing schools in w!se’s national network and encourages school districts and administrators to expand personal finance instruction and elevate the importance of financial education. The ranking is published annually, giving all schools that participate in the Financial Literacy Certification program an opportunity to earn a place among the top 100 each year.

David Anderson

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