Marshall said the pilot program is part of the state college savings plan trustees’ agenda to increase the financial fitness of Nevada students. Marshall is the chairwoman of the board.
“We are partnering with various groups throughout Nevada to assist students in being better prepared for the financial decisions they will face in coming years,” Marshall said. “I am very grateful that the Nevada Council on Economic Development and the classroom teachers taking part in this pilot program have stepped up the challenge; I look forward to viewing the results and hopefully expanding this program across the state this fall.”
Marshall said the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) has adopted financial literacy education as one of its top goals. The financial fitness pilot program is being administered by 12 teachers and encompasses more than 900 students. The teachers are comprised of business, computer science, government, math and science instructors. The participating schools include the Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology High School; Arbor View High School; Bonanza High School; College of Southern Nevada High School; East Career and Technical Academy High School; Indian Wells High School; Palo Verde High School; Rancho High School; Spring Valley High School; Sunrise Mountain High School; and Hyde Park Middle School.
The pilot program utilizes the widely successful Financial Fitness for Life Curriculum offered by the National Council on Economic Development. The curriculum contains financial information and training on topics such as earning income, spending, saving for college, investing and managing money. As part of the curriculum, a 50 question pre-test was administered to participating students in early March. The five-week instruction period began April 13. A post-test assessment will be administered and the results reviewed to determine if the program might be expanded throughout the state.
Marshall said her office has established a special website, http://financialfitness.nv.gov, for use by both student and adults. She also encouraged students, teachers and parents to view the treasurer’s office student website at http://nevadatreasurer.gov/Index_Students.htm, which contains information about saving for college as well as links to financial literacy information and other useful sites.