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NH Jump$tart Coalition Releases the 2022 Statewide Financial Literacy Study of NH High Schools

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68% of NH public high schools offer personal finance courses; 14% require students to pass a standalone course in personal finance to graduate

HILLSBORO, N.H. - eTradeWire -- The NH Jump$tart Coalition announced New Hampshire high schools are making positive strides toward providing more opportunities for students to learn and understand personal finance. The NH Jump$tart Coalition, an all-volunteer non-profit organization that strives to prepare youth for life-long, successful financial decision making, recently completed a study of personal finance curriculum and graduation requirements of all 79 public high schools in New Hampshire. While the study reveals progress, many schools still do not require students to pass a class in personal finance to graduate from their school district.

The mission of the NH Jump$tart Coalition is to advance financial literacy and financial equity, especially among the youth of New Hampshire, through communication, collaboration, and support for effectiveness in financial education.  The organization conducted its first study of New Hampshire public high school curriculum in 2013; updated in 2017, 2019 and this recent study was completed in late 2021. Click here to read the study.

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The organization evaluated the economics curricula and graduation requirements to determine how schools measure up to the New Hampshire Curriculum Frameworks Standard SS:EC:6, which specifies that [in order to graduate high school] students must be able to explain the importance of money management, spending, credit, saving and investing in a free-market economy.

"We are encouraged by the progress being made in our schools, and we believe New Hampshire can take a leadership role in educating students on managing money," said Dan Hebert, president, NH Jump$tart Coalition. "We have students who want to learn, educators prepared to teach them, and resources available, but it starts at home. We urge parents to take an interest in modeling and teaching financial responsibility at home and advocating for financial education in their school districts."

Key findings from the 2021 study include:

-68% of New Hampshire public high schools clearly offer a personal finance course as an elective, in addition to meeting the state requirement for economics;

-13% of New Hampshire public high schools clearly require a standalone course in personal finance for graduation.

-6% of New Hampshire public high schools clearly require economics only;

In 2013, only three public high schools in New Hampshire met the state minimum requirement in economics and required students to pass a half-credit class in personal finance to graduate. The 2021 study revealed an improvement with ten public high schools now requiring students to pass a separate course in personal finance to graduate.  They are:

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Bedford High School
Belmont High School
Bow High School
Colebrook Academy
Gorham High School
Hinsdale High School
Newfound Regional High School
Pelham High School
Profile High School
Woodsville High School

For more information about the NH Jump$tart Coalition and to access the full 2021 Report on New Hampshire Public High Schools, visit www.nhjumpstart.org.

About NH Jump$tart Coalition:
Now celebrating 22 years, NH Jump$tart is a statewide, all volunteer, nonprofit association dedicated to improving the personal financial literacy of children in the Granite State. We are also a proud state affiliate of the National Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The National Jump$tart Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., was first convened in 1995 and consists of over 200 organizations committed to improving the financial literacy of America's youth.

Daniel N Hebert

Source: NH Jump$tart Coalition
Filed Under: Family, Education, Financial

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