Galileo ranked 6th in the nation for W!se Financial Literacy exam scores

Jordan Huemoeller, Staff Writer

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Technology Teacher Joyce Culley was recognized April 11 in New York as her students’ scores on the W!se Financial Literacy exam earned Galileo Magnet High School a sixth place ranking among the nations top schools. Galileo ranks third 3rd in the small school category for pass rates on the exam.

“W!se, which is an acronym for Working In Supportive Education, is an organization that provides the certification exams. My students work extremely hard in class, but I do have to say that I’m not doing anything special or different in class, it is the combined effort of all of the teachers here that contributes to the students’ success,” Culley said. “We all have something different that we bring to each individual student, and we just add on to the student’s own ability and talents.”

According to the W!se Financial Literacy it is not a struggle with academics that causes students to drop out of college but instead personal debt that pulls them under. The program addresses the urgent need for financial literacy and education, providing high school students with access to financial education and the opportunity to become certified financially literate.

Galileo offers the literacy exam as part of its finance course, a required class for all students prior to graduation.  Developed in 2003, the program has expanded nationally and has been widely recognized for its success, including the US Treasury Department’s John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education.

“Considering our past experiences, Galileo has always gone above and beyond the previous standards that we have set in the previous year,” Culley said. “I was thrilled to hear that we were in the top ten, but when we received the other award for our ranking in the small school category, I was so ecstatic with our performance as an entire school.”

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