Economics & Personal Finance
W!SE Financial Literacy Certification – As outlined in the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test Proctoring Guidelines, students may have three attempts per semester to pass the W!SE test. Also, students with disabilities must receive the testing accommodations specified in their IEP or Section 504 Accommodation Plans, following the specific instructions given in the Proctoring Guidelines document. For more information, see Superintendent's Memo 274-16.
Cumberland County Student Recognized with Personal Finance Top Honors – Brittny Price, a junior at Cumberland High School, won first place in the personal finance competition at the 2016 Future Business Leaders of America State Leadership Conference. In recognition of her accomplishment, the Virginia Jumpstart Coalition and an anonymous donor are providing a total award of $850 to be used for student expenses incurred by Brittny to compete in the personal finance event at the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Governor McAuliffe Announces 2016 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance – Three Virginia High School Teams Crowned State Champions at Competition of Economics and Financial Skill. See Governor McAuliffe's news release.
Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource.
Beginning with students entering ninth grade in fall 2011, one standard unit of credit in Economics and Personal Finance is required for graduation with a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma. Students may earn this credit by successfully completing the course at any time during their high school career. Students with disabilities seeking a Modified Standard Diploma may use the course to satisfy one of the three required mathematics credits.
These courses are part of the Banking Services, Insurance and Securities & Investments Pathways in the Finance Career Cluster.