Fillmore Central High School was recognized as one of the “100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance” April 22 during a virtual ceremony sponsored by Voya Financial® and Working in Support of Education (W!se), a national educational nonprofit.
The “100 Best W!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance”, in its ninth year, is the first and only national ranking in high school financial education, recognizing excellence in personal finance instruction within W!se’s national network of schools participating in its Financial Literacy Certification program. This is the fourth time that Fillmore Central has been recognized with this honor.
The “100 Best” schools participate in W!se’s Financial Literacy Certification program which supports personal finance instruction in high schools. Participating schools teach personal finance and administer W!se’s Financial Literacy Certification Test. Students passing the test become Certified Financially Literate™ (CFL), a nationally recognized credential. Through the program, now offered in 49 states, more than one million students have graduated from high school financially literate. Metrics for the “100 Best” schools ranking include the average test score from each school with consideration given to the number of test-takers and the socio-economic background of the students at each school.
Students who helped earned this award for Fillmore Central were those enrolled in the 2019-2020 Personal Finance classes and included students who graduated in 2020 along with several who are seniors this year. Fillmore Central High has offered Personal Finance as a graduation requirement since 1980, so many decades of students have been provided with life-long money management skills. The Fillmore Central personal finance classes are taught by Instructor Cindy Talley.