Loudoun County, Va. (November 10, 2014) – Working in Support of Education (WISE), an educational non-profit, recently announced that 148 Virginia public schools were named Blue Star Schools and 300 Virginia teachers were named Gold Star Teachers for their students’ performance on the 2013-2014 WISE Financial Literacy Certification test.
This national standardized test is administered to students at the end of a course on personal finance. Students passing the test earn the WISE Certified Financially Literate designation, which demonstrates that they are financially capable when they graduate.
To earn the Blue Star recognition, a school must achieve a 75-percent pass rate on the test and have either a majority of students in a particular grade level take the test or have the students who took the test achieve an average score of 80 percent or higher.
All 13 eligible Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) high schools were named Blue Star Schools (Rock Ridge High School was not yet open). The honored schools include:
- Briar Woods High School
- Broad Run High School
- John Champe High School
- Dominion High School
- Freedom High School
- Heritage High School
- Loudoun County High School
- Loudoun Valley High School
- Park View High School
- Potomac Falls High School
- Stone Bridge High School
- Tuscarora High School
- Woodgrove High School
To receive the Gold Star Award, a teacher must achieve a 90-percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on the WISE Financial Literacy Certification test during the 2013-2014 school year.
LCPS teachers named Gold Star Teachers include:
- Janet Dewey and Angela Woodward, Briar Woods High School
- Liz Miller and Martha Somers, Broad Run High School
- Sara Kittelson, Briana Owens and Robin Wortman, Dominion High School
- Janice Johnson and Jared Van Acker, Freedom High School
- Elizabeth DeButts, Heritage High School
- Tammy Bullock and Patricia Virts, Loudoun County High School
- Allison DiPippa and Stephen Varmecky, Loudoun Valley High School
- Jean Anfindsen, Kim Fieser and Allison Whitehouse, Potomac Falls High School
- Sarah Henkel, Barbara Hochstein and David Palanzi, Stone Bridge High School
- Laura Lee and Catherine Moore, Tuscarora High School
- Kathleen Bohnsack, Kevin Copley and Stephen Schoenfeld, Woodgrove High School
Virginia’s 148 2013-2014 Blue Star schools comprise 52 percent of the 284 schools recognized nationwide. This also represents a doubling in the number of Virginia schools earning the Blue Star designation. The 2012-2013 Blue Star School recognition was given to 71 Virginia schools. (Briar Woods and Stone Bridge high schools were Blue Star Schools in 2012-2013.)
Blue Star Schools will be honored and receive a banner for their achievement at WISE’s annual MoneyPower Conference for Financial Literacy on November 4, in New York City.