Personal Finance Adds Balance To Social Studies CSOs

January 05, 2006

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education adopted revisions to the Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives during its December meeting in Charleston. Objectives and Performance Descriptors for Personal Finance were added to Policy 2520.4: Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives.  

This language was added so the policy would be in compliance with House Bill 2837, passed during the 2005 Regular Session of the Legislature. The new law requires that the State Board develop a program of instruction on personal finance, which may be integrated in to the Civics/Government curriculum for high school students.  

According to Regina Scotchie, West Virginia Department of Education’s (WVDE) Social Studies coordinator, a task force of 30 teachers from across the state redrafted the existing civics course guidelines to include equal parts of civics, citizenship and personal finance. The new guidelines are based on national standards in each area.  

“Students will become more financially literate and gain a better sense of civic duty through this curriculum,,” said Scotchie. “In addition, the new guidelines support the WVDE’s commitment to nurturing 21st century learners.” In November 2005, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin and the Board of Education announced a joint effort with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills to provide a powerful statewide vision to ensure every child in West Virginia succeeds as a citizen, worker and leader in the 21st century. West Virginia is the second state to implement the Partnership's 21st century model for teaching and learning. The Partnership's framework emphasizes information and communications technology literacy, critical thinking, communication skills, global awareness, and business, economic and civic literacy. For more information about Policy 2520.4, contact Regina Scotchie, WVDE Social Studies Coordinator, at (304) 558-7805.

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