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All five high schools in the York County School Division are now recognized as Blue Star Schools for their students’ financial literacy.
The Blue Star recognition is awarded to schools that achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the Working in Support of Education Financial Organization’s (w!se) Financial Literacy Certification Test, which administered to schools throughout the country.
They must also meet one of the following requirements, according to YCSD:
- A majority of students in a given grade level take the test
- The students who have participated in the test earn an average score of 85 percent or higher
Tony Vladu, director of secondary instruction for YCSD, said this is the first year all five schools have received the recognition from w!se. The class of 2015 was also the first group of students that needed to pass an economics and personal finance course in order to graduate, Vladu said.
He said all five high schools had a passing rate over 90 percent, with York River Academy achieving a 100 percent pass rate.
“Our kids needed to have this education,” Vladu said. “It validates all the hard work you put into the scores, both our teachers and our students. It’s a big deal to pass a national exam.”
Students study the Virginia Department of Education financial literacy curriculum but also take the w!se test to assess their knowledge, Vladu said.