Elizabeth High School recognized by state senate for student achievement on WISE’s Financial Literacy Exam
By ElizabethInsideOut Staff
ELIZABETH, NJ- Working in Support of Education (W!SE) is pleased to announce that Elizabeth High School, located in Elizabeth, NJ, will be officially on Thursday, Nov. 29, on the floor of the Senate of the State of New Jersey for its students’ performance on W!SE’s 2011-12 Financial Literacy Certification Test. This national standardized Test measures student knowledge of personal finance after a course or unit on personal finance in school.
Senator Raymond Lesniak, representing the 20th District of New Jersey, will read a Resolution during Thursday’s voting session, scheduled for 2 p.m. The Resolution will honor Elizabeth High School for earning W!SE’s prestigious Blue Star School award. To earn the Blue Star, a school must achieve a 75 percent passing rate on the Certification Test and have either a majority of students on a given grade level take the Test OR have the students who took it achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.
Elizabeth HS is one of nine schools participating in a three-year Financial Literacy Pilot Program, coordinated by the New Jersey Department of Education. The pilot schools are teaching a course on personal finance in each of the three years and administering W!SE’s national standardized Financial Literacy Certification Test after instruction.
The Allstate Foundation has sponsored W!SE’s involvement in the Pilot Program with generous grants since its first year. The Foundation also works with W!SE to arrange for Allstate agents to visit interested Pilot schools and deliver classroom presentations on insurance. In collaboration with the Senator’s office, Allstate spearheaded the initiative for Thursday’s Resolution to be read on the Senate floor.
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Allstate and The Allstate Foundation sponsor community initiatives to promote “safe and vital communities”; “tolerance, inclusion, and diversity”; and “economic empowerment.” The Allstate Foundation believes in financial potential of every individual and in helping America’s families achieve their American dream. For additional information, visit clicktoempower.org.
Working In Support of Education (W!SE) is an educational not-for-profit with an aim to improve the lives of young people through programs that strengthen financial literacy and readiness for college and the workforce.