Five Ashdown High School students recently passed a Wise National Standardized Financial Literacy Certification in Mrs. Tipton's Business Law Class. These students are Alex Simmons, Jackson Bush, Ben Birtcher, Ryan Hatridge and Austin Royal (not pictured). The goal of the Wise Financial Literacy program is simple--to help students graduate as financially capable young adults. Participating high schools nationally teach a course or unit on personal finance and then administer the certification exam. Instructors must qualify by passing a test in the program to qualify for the Wise Financial Literacy Resources.
Launched in New York City in 2003, the program has become integral to personal finance instruction nationally. It is recognized by many states’ departments of education and has earned W!se numerous awards, including the U.S. Treasury Department’s John H. Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.
The students mastered the following units---Money and Banking, Investing, Insurance, Interest, Credit, and Money Management.
A new law approved by lawmakers in 2017 mandates that students in Arkansas High Schools receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy. The law dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will take effect with the class of 2021.