EVERGREEN PARK, IL – Evergreen Park Community High School has been recognized as an NGPF Gold Standard school for implementing a personal finance degree requirement.
Next Gen Personal Finance, a nonprofit organization that has developed a free personal finance program for grades 6 to 12 students, listed 1,591 high schools across the country, and 66 in Illinois, which require at least one semester of a personal finance course to graduate. According to an NGPF press release, less than 18.3% of all U.S. high school students receive a high school financial literacy class.
Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia are the only five states that require this of all their high school students. Other than that, it is a requirement in only a fraction of the schools in any given state.
According to EPCHS Conditions for obtaining the 2022 class, students are required to complete at least one semester of a course titled “Financial Literacy in the 21st Century,” which may meet a consumer education requirement.
“Gold Standard Schools are showing remarkable leadership, surpassing the state’s progress in financial education instead of waiting for a term. The teachers, parents, students, administrators and community leaders of these schools are showing what can happen when a coalition commits to building the capacity of the next generation, ”said Tim Ranzetta, co-founder of NGPF.
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