NEW YORK, N.Y. – Working in Support of Education (W!se) is pleased to announce that 150 high schools in its national network have earned the distinction of being named a Blue Star School for their students’ outstanding performance on the 2022-2023 W!se Financial Literacy Certification Test.

This national standardized Test is administered to students after a course or unit on personal finance. Students who pass the Test become Certified Financially Literate™ and earn a W!se CFL™, demonstrating that they have developed sound financial knowledge and skills.

To earn the coveted Blue Star School award, a school must have achieved an 80% passing rate on our Financial Literacy Certification Test with at least half the students on a grade level OR a minimum of 10% of school enrollment having taken the Certification Test during the academic year 2022-23.

The Test is administered as part of W!se’s award-winning Financial Literacy Certification program. Schools enrolled in the program teach a course or unit on personal finance using instructional resources from W!se, including a curriculum outline aligned to national and state standards, and then administer the Test. Since its introduction, the program has become integral to personal finance instruction in thousands of classrooms across the United States and is offered in 49 states.

“Congratulations to all Blue Star Schools for this national recognition of great scholarship,” said Dario Stipisic, W!se Financial Literacy Director. “It’s clear that students from these schools are prepared to develop a healthy relationship with personal finance.”

View the complete list of 2022-2023 Blue Star Schools (PDF)


Working in Support of Education (W!se) is a leading educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in New York City with a mission to improve economic mobility through programs that develop financial literacy and readiness for college and careers. Our initiatives are built on 5 pillars – relevancy, real-world experiences, partnerships, volunteerism, and evaluation.

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