PCHS students get national ranking

Page County High School has brought home a top-15 national ranking for excellence in personal finance instruction.

The school was recognized April 19 in New York City for students’ no. 14 ranking on a standardized test offered by Working in Support of Education (w!se).

PCHS teacher Dianna Alger, who instructed the students in personal finance, represented the school at the New York presentation honoring the “100 Best w!se High Schools Teaching Personal Finance.”

“I am so very proud of my students for doing so well on the w!se Financial Literacy Certification test.  It was an honor to represent them and Page County High School at the ceremony this year,” Alger said.

This is the school’s second year to be nationally ranked, following last year’s no. 26 ranking.

Personal finance, the study of individual money management and wealth building, is part of a required economics and personal finance course now mandatory for graduation from Virginia high schools.

“It’s super for Dianna’s students to go up in the rankings even as the competition is getting tougher,” said Dr. William C. Wood, director of the James Madison University Center for Economic Education.

Wood pointed out that schools in 46 states participated in this year’s w!se certification program, up from 36 five years ago. The JMU Center supports personal finance education in the Shenandoah Valley, with funding from Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc.

Working in Support of Education (w!se) is a New York-based educational not-for-profit focused on promoting student financial literacy nationwide, and sponsored by Voya Financial®.

First established in 2003, w!se’s award-winning Financial Literacy Certification program provides teachers with a curriculum and instructional resources to teach personal finance and measure students’ financial literacy through w!se’s Certification Test.

Students who pass the test are designated Certified Financially Literate™. w!se students in 46 states receive close to 6 million hours of personal finance instruction annually.

Here’s this year’s video on the program: